Earlier this year, city leaders in Greenville, SC enacted a city-wide distracted driving ban. Essentially, a driver operating a motor vehicle in the city limits is not allowed to use a cell phone while driving. Apparently, hands-free use of cell phones are acceptable. A personal injury attorney handling an automobile wreck case will seek to know if distracted driving is a possible cause of the automobile accident.
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For many years, it has been against South Carolina common law to operate a vehicle in a distracted manner. South Carolina law has always required a driver to keep a proper lookout and to always pay attention while operating an automobile. The reason for this is obvious: a driver of a car who is distracted by for example a hand held device such as a cell phone, is more likely to wreck and cause personal injuries. Many municipalities have recently passed distracted driving ordinances. Now a law enforcement officer can issue a driver a ticket if he sees a driver talking on a cell phone while driving a vehicle. Under the various statutory ordinances, there are penalties for driving while distracted: fines that the drivers would have to pay.
Distracted driving is a danger to everyone on the roads. Distracted driving leads to car wrecks, leading to personal injury and worse-death. Have there been any studies that show that the high numbers of personal injuries in automobile accidents in Greenville SC warranted passing of an ordinance? The record is silent. Frequently, in a suspected distracted driving case, a personal injury attorney will conduct an investigation to determine the true cause of an automobile accident. During the course of a lawsuit, if there is any evidence of cell phone distracted driving, a personal injury attorney will ask for information about the at-fault driver’s cell phone number so that cell phone records can be obtained. Sometimes those records are helpful and sometimes they are not. Cell phones are not the only source of distracted driving. So too are in-dash video-like screens that display maps and other visual stimuli. Are those in-dash screens sources of distraction to the operators of vehicles? These are likely questions going forward in this debate over distracted driving versus public safety on the roads of Greenville, South Carolina.