Columbia, SC (PRWEB) July 13, 2014
South Carolina’s new statewide ban on texting while driving will likely lead to fewer car accidents with fatalities and serious injuries, according to South Carolina personal injury attorney Ben Matthews of Matthews and Megna LLC.
Matthews expressed his comments in response to an article published by WLOS ABC 13 about the new South Carolina law banning texting while driving statewide. (WLOS ABC 13, “SC Texting While Driving Ban,” June 11, 2014)
“This is great news for everyone who uses our roads in South Carolina,” Matthews said. “Texting while driving has become one of the leading causes of car accidents in South Carolina and around the country. That’s why it’s a relief that state lawmakers have finally enacted a law outlawing texting while driving in South Carolina. Far too many people are seriously injured or worse in auto accidents caused by texting drivers in South Carolina. We know because our law firm handles many cases involving innocent injury victims. And hopefully, this new law will help put a stop to such horrific car accidents in South Carolina.”
The new law went into effect June 9 and supersedes more than 20 city and county ordinances banning texting while driving, according to WLOS ABC 13. As a result, the same ban on texting while driving applies to all drivers in South Carolina.
Under the new law, texting drivers in South Carolina will be fined at least $25 for a single infraction, according to the Charleston City Paper’s article about the new statewide law. (Charleston City Paper, “Under new S.C. texting ban, penalties lessened in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant,” June 11, 2014) The maximum fine for texting while driving in South Carolina is $50 under the new law, according to The State.
Including South Carolina, 44 states now ban texting while driving statewide, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which monitors distracted driving laws nationwide. The GHSA’s statistics are updated monthly. Currently, the only states that do not have a statewide texting while driving ban are Arizona, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas, according to the GHSA.
South Carolina’s law is long overdue, according to South Carolina texting while driving accident attorney Matthews.
“Our law firm has been saying for years that texting while driving needs to be outlawed in South Carolina,” Matthews said. “Study after study has shown that drivers simply can’t concentrate on the road while they’re reading or writing a text message. Hopefully, drivers will get the message now and put down their phones while they’re on the road. If they don’t and they cause an accident, they will be held accountable. Individuals who are injured and families who lost loved ones because of negligent drivers should seek the advice of legal counsel.”
For more information about texting while driving accidents in South Carolina and the legal options available to injury victims, call (803) 799-1700 or complete the online contact form.
About Matthews and Megna LLC
Serving the Columbia, Florence, Darlington and all of South Carolina since 1985, attorneys Ben Matthews and Tony R. Megna have handled thousands of cases and won major settlements for clients, whether settling out of court or going to trial. Matthews & Megna’s areas of practice include bankruptcy law, auto accidents and workers’ compensation cases. They also handle truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, golf cart accidents and moped accidents. The law firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for legal services if they win.
Along with an office in Darlington, the law firm’s main office is located at 3400 West Ave, Columbia, SC 29203. To schedule a free case evaluation or for more information, call or visit the law firm’s website at http://www.matthewsandmegna.com.