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    Distracted Driving

    If you’ve driven recently, you probably already know that distracted driving is a dangerous and growing problem in our state. In 2021 alone, 8,928 collisions, 2,679 injuries, and six fatalities were said to be primarily caused by distracted driving in South Carolina. Unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse.

    If you are hurt by a distracted or inattentive driver in the Lowcountry, you can seek compensation to help pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our auto accident attorneys at Joye Law Firm have the experience and legal skills to get you the compensation you deserve.

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    Distracted driving is a major problem across our state, especially in the Lowcountry. In Charleston County, it led to thirty-four serious injury collisions and two fatal crashes in 2021. This makes it the second-highest contributing factor to accidents in the county.

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    What is Distracted Driving?

    At Joye Law Firm, we are well-versed in the following:

    • Texting and Driving: This illegal behavior involves diverting attention to send, read, or compose messages, reducing the driver’s ability to see and react to road conditions.
    • Talking on the Phone while Driving: Phone conversations, whether on a handheld or hands-free device, compromise a driver’s attention and reaction capabilities.
    • Eating or Drinking while Driving: Involves consuming food or drinks while driving. This requires manual food handling and occasional glances away from the road, resulting in inattentiveness and accidents.
    • Using Apps while Driving: Modern cell phones and tablets offer a variety of fun and useful apps. Unfortunately, many people continue using them when they get behind the wheel. Many apps are designed to maintain a person’s attention, leading to devastating crashes.

    Understanding the Consequences of Distracted Driving Accidents

    These collisions can lead to physical, emotional, and financial harm. After a crash caused by lack of attention, you might face:

    • Serious Injuries and Fatalities: You may suffer severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, or fatalities. These can cause lasting damage and leave you with permanent disabilities.
    • Medical Expenses and Rehabilitation: Your injuries can leave you with substantial medical expenses. These include emergency treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing care to manage your condition.
    • Lost Wages and Future Income Loss: Injuries sustained can prevent you from working, resulting in lost wages and potential long-term income loss.
    • Pain and Suffering Damages: You may experience physical pain, emotional distress, and a diminished quality of life following an accident. This can impact your relationships, mental health, and cognitive abilities.
    • Property Damage and Vehicle Repair Costs: Distracted driving accidents can cause major vehicle damage, requiring costly repairs or replacements. In 2021, there were property damage collisions due to driver inattention in South Carolina.

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    Steps to Take After a Distracted Driving Accident in North Charleston

    It’s essential to act fast to protect your rights and interests. Here’s what you should do:

    • Seek Medical Attention and Document Injuries: Get medical help immediately, even if you think you’re okay. Some injuries, especially internal ones, might not show signs right away. Seeing a doctor ensures you get the proper treatment and records your injuries for any insurance or legal steps you might take.
    • Report the Collision to the Authorities: Contact local law enforcement to report the accident. If officers don’t investigate, complete Form 309 within 15 days per South Carolina law. You can request the police report later to use as part of your claim.
    • Gather Evidence at the Scene of the Crash: Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, road conditions, and visible injuries. Collect contact information from witnesses and exchange insurance information with the other parties involved.
    • Contact a Local Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer: Consult an experienced lawyer at Joye Law Firm. We can evaluate your case, explain your legal options, and guide you through the claims process.
    • Dealing with Insurance Companies: Avoid speaking to insurance adjusters without legal representation. They may trick you into admitting fault or accepting a lowball settlement. Instead, let us manage communications with insurance companies and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf.

    Why Choose Joye Law Firm for Your Distracted Driving Accident Case?

    At Joye Law Firm, we have a proven track record of success throughout South Carolina, including in Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort, and surrounding counties. We offer personalized legal representation to help you achieve the best possible outcomes. Here’s why you should choose us:

    • Our Experience and Expertise in Car Wreck Cases: We have a long history of legal service in South Carolina, representing clients since 1968. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skills to handle even the most complex distracted driving accident cases effectively.
    • Proven Track Record of Success: Our team has secured substantial settlements and verdicts for clients in the Lowcountry and across the state, including:
      • A confidential settlement for a woman injured in a head-on collision with a tow truck on Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.
      • $2.4 million for sisters injured in a crash on Fishburne Avenue in Charleston.
      • $325,000 for a Veterinarian involved in a collision on Rifle Range Road in Mount Pleasant.
    • Compassionate and Personalized Legal Representation: We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll an accident can take on your life. We provide compassionate support and personalized attention to every client we represent.

    Why You Need a Charleston Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

    When you’re hurt in a crash, you need experienced legal representation. At Joye Law Firm, we can do the following to protect your rights and help you get a fair recovery award:

    • Negotiate a Fair Settlement: Our skilled lawyers can negotiate with insurance companies to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.
    • Build a Strong Case: We can gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work with experts like accident reconstruction professionals, economists, and medical doctors to build a strong case on your behalf.
    • Navigating the Legal Process: From filing insurance claims to litigating in court, if necessary, we can guide you through every step of the legal process and protect your rights.
    • Fighting for Maximum Compensation: Our team can help maximize your compensation, seeking financial support for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We calculate all damages, including current and future losses, so you receive what you deserve.

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    Get the Legal Representation You Need

    Protect your interests with Joye Law Firm. We know what it takes to prove negligence in a distracted driving accident and can use our extensive resources to support your claim.

    Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers. We’ll review your case, explain your rights and options, and help you get the compensation you deserve.

    Don’t let money worries prevent you from seeking the compensation you are entitled to under the law. The Joye Law Firm’s “No Fee Guarantee” allows you to get the representation you need without any financial risk. Since we work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t pay lawyer fees unless we secure a settlement on your behalf.

    Our experienced team is committed to advocating for your rights and achieving the most favorable result for your situation.

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