South Carolina Auto Accident Attorneys At Matthews & Megna Comment On Proposed Texting While Driving Ban

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South Carolina texting while driving lawyers at Matthews & Megna law firm say proposed legislation in South Carolina to prohibit texting while driving might improve safety on the roads.

The proposal to ban texting while driving in Mount Pleasant still needs a second vote. No action has been taken on similar proposals in Charleston or at the state level. But it’s all a step in the right direction.

South Carolina car accident attorney Ben Matthews of Matthews & Megna today said he is encouraged by new proposals taking aim at texting while driving in South Carolina.

Texting while driving in South Carolina could be banned statewide and in Charleston, S.C. under two proposed laws. The news of the proposed legislation comes after Mount Pleasant, S.C., recently gave preliminary approval to a law banning texting while driving.

“Hopefully the state of South Carolina or at the very least the city of Charleston, S.C., will follow the lead of Mount Pleasant, S.C., which recently voted in favor of a proposal to ban texting while driving in the community,” Matthews said today. “The proposal to ban texting while driving in Mount Pleasant still needs a second vote. No action has been taken on similar proposals in Charleston or at the state level. But it’s all a step in the right direction. Texting while driving causes far too many serious and fatal car accidents throughout the country. That’s why 41 states nationwide have laws prohibiting texting while driving. It’s simply the smart thing to do.”

The Mount Pleasant Town Council voted 6-3 on Aug. 13 in favor of an ordinance banning texting while driving, according to The Post and Courier, “Mount Pleasant Town Council gives preliminary OK to ban on texting while driving” (Aug. 13, 2013). The proposed ordinance, which would fine violators $50 for texting while driving, must be approved a second time in order to become law. The town council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Sept. 10, according to the Post and Courier.

Charleston, S.C. is also considering banning texting while driving, according to The Post and Courier, “Charleston City Council to take up texting-while-driving ban next week” (Aug. 17, 2013). If the ban is approved, people caught texting while driving would be subject to a $100 fine, according to the Aug. 17 Post and Courier article.

Such ordinances would likely not be necessary if state lawmakers approve a similar proposed ban on texting while driving. State Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell co-sponsored the bill that would outlaw texting while driving throughout South Carolina, according to WSOCTV, “SC lawmakers pushing for texting and driving law” (May 28, 2013).

Such laws are long overdue, according to South Carolina texting while driving accident attorney Tony R. Megna of Matthews & Megna. “We need to put a stop to these senseless car accidents in South Carolina,” Megna said Aug. 21. “Too many people are being injured or killed by texting while driving. South Carolina lawmakers in many communities understand this. That’s why we hope proposals like this become law. If not, hopefully injury victims understand that they do have ways of pursing compensation for their car accident. We routinely file personal injury lawsuits in South Carolina on behalf of victims of serious car accidents. Options exist. We would simply like to see something concrete on the books banning texting while driving in South Carolina.”

For more information about car accidents and the legal options available to victims of texting while driving car accidents in South Carolina, call (803) 799-1700 or visit our law firm’s web site at http://www.matthewsandmegna.com/contact

About Matthews & Megna

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 3406 West Avenue, 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.

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