You never know when a normal drive to work, school, or a doctor’s appointment may end in an unforeseeable accident. Even if you are obeying all the traffic laws and driving perfectly safely, there can be other people around you who are not.
(From WISTV and The Lexington Ledger reports)
A SC state trooper attempted to stop a vehicle in Lexington August 24th on South Lake Dr around 11:45am, August 24th, 2020. The driver, 25-year old James Brian Gainey, with two passengers also in his car, led the trooper, along with two others, on a car chase and then a foot pursuit. All three suspects were eventually apprehended.
Three separate car accidents happened related to the chase and Sunset Blvd and Northside Blvd were partially closed while the crashes were cleaned up. By 3:10pm, both roads were completely reopened.
Nearby schools in Lexington District 1, including Lexington Elementary, were locked down for a time (as was Northside Christian Academy) while the chase was going on. The suspect threatened to harm himself and his wife was brought in to try to calm him down and convince him to turn himself in.
Gainey was charged with failure to obey traffic devices, driving under suspension, and reckless driving. He may also face additional charges. The two passengers were cited for some offenses, as well, and released.
If you see a reckless driver, how can you avoid an accident?
Here are a few tips to avoid an accident with a reckless driver
- Be alert and aware of what is going on all around you as you drive.
- If you notice someone driving erratically, try to get out of the way.
- If they are behind you, consider pulling off to the side of the road or into a parking lot to let them pass by.
- If they are in front of you, give them a lot of space since you don’t know what they may do.
- If the reckless driver is beside you, slow down and stay way behind them, maybe even in the farthest lane away from them.
- If you have a passenger in your car, ask them to call 911 to report reckless driving, giving the dispatch officer as much information as possible about the car and the driver in question. Or pull over and call the police yourself.
What can you do if you are hit by a reckless driver in South Carolina?
If you have been seriously injured by a reckless driver, please don’t delay, reach out for legal counsel. Don’t try to fight the responsible driver yourself. We have years of experience dealing with personal injury cases and we know how to fight for your rights in court. You need someone on your side who will make sure you get the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Please contact us today to schedule a free appointment.
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