Columbia, SC Car Accident Lawyer Ben Matthews Comments on Report about Anti-Texting Effort

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The attorney at Matthews and Megna LLC weighs in on a news article about statewide efforts to raise awareness for South Carolina’s recently passed ban on texting while driving.

South Carolina was one of the last states in the country to pass a ban on texting and driving, so awareness campaigns are important. Distracted driving is a major factor in accidents.

Commenting on a recent article published in detailing efforts to raise awareness about South Carolina’s ban on texting and driving, Columbia car accident attorney Ben Matthews of Matthews and Megna LLC said distracted driving is a public safety issue in South Carolina that demands immediate attention from educators and law enforcement officials alike.

Matthews, a lawyer in Columbia, SC with three decades’ experience, based his comments on the news article* about efforts by the South Carolina Press Association, AT&T and other companies to raise awareness about South Carolina’s texting ban. Matthews said raising public awareness about the dangers of texting while driving is critical safety component.

“South Carolina was one of the last states in the country to pass a ban on texting and driving, so awareness campaigns are important,” Matthews said. “Distracted driving is a major factor in accidents. Matthews and Megna LLC has handled cases on behalf of car accident victims injured by drivers who were paying more attention to their mobile devices than the road ahead of them. We know how devastating these accidents can be, which is why we fully support efforts to educate the public as well as strong law enforcement measures.”

According to, more than 100,000 crashes occur each year in the United States involving drivers who are sending or reading text messages at the time of the accident. Furthermore, statistics obtained by the South Carolina Press Association find that 43 percent of teens admit to texting and driving.

South Carolina’s texting ban took effect in July 2014, according to To raise awareness over the dangers of texting and driving, the South Carolina Press Association has teamed up with cell phone service provider AT&T to sponsor a video and essay contest encouraging teens to take the “It Can Wait” pledge to discourage texting and driving.

Matthews said drivers caught texting and driving are subject to a $25 fine. He said people injured or families whose loved ones were injured or died as a result of a distracted driver may be entitled to compensation for their losses.

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The article cited is “SC Press Association sponsoring contest to battle texting while driving,” published Sept. 6, 2014.

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 (877) 253-7705 or visit the law firm’s website:

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