Familiarity of Rural Roadways Can Lead to Distracted Driving Accidents in North Carolina, South Carolina

We posted previously on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog that South Carolina contains some of the deadliest rural roads in the country.

According to ABC News 4, South Carolina Department of Public Safety recently reported that more people have died on South Carolina roadways from January 1 to September 15 this year than during the same period in 2010. After three years of steady decline, deaths have increased by 20 from last year to this year during the first nine and a half months of the year.
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Charlotte car accident lawyers realize that rural roads and the few remaining days of warmer weather makes fall season a dangerous time of year to be on roadways in North and South Carolina because roadways become congested with day-trippers looking for an autumn adventure. More traffic coupled with driver inattention can lead to a high risk of a car accidents in North Carolina and South Carolina, not to mention pedestrian and motorcycle accidents.

In more recent statistics published by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, as of September 25th there have been a total of 593 deaths on highways in South Carolina. Of these fatalities, 73 have been pedestrians, 81 have been motorcyclists and 11 have been bicyclists. Several September traffic fatalities have boosted the death count number above a year-to-date comparison from last year.

In a recent article by the Post and Courier, state officials are looking for answers to countermeasure the higher number of traffic fatalities being reported this year. A South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman states, “It’s not the roadways that is the danger, it’s the person.”

In 2009, South Carolina ranked first in the country for rural road fatalities, accounting for almost 5 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Driver inattentiveness is believed to be the biggest cause of these types of roadway accidents. Motorists become familiar with routes that are traveled frequently which can lead to a false sense of security and more drivers getting distracted by checking emails or making phone calls while driving. Motorists that speed or drive distracted on dark and unprotected rural roadways are at a high risk of serious or fatal injuries when involved in an accident.

The Associated General Contractors of America made a suggestion to increase road spending in order to modernize rural roadway shortfalls.

For example, improving lighting on darkened roadways, widening shoulder widths and adding guardrails could keep motorists from leaving a roadway into a ditch and improve safety dramatically. These safety features already exist on most highways and interstates in North and South Carolina.

Motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians who find themselves out for a Sunday escapade this fall or who find themselves traveling on the same country roadways frequently are advised to slow down, pay attention and drive cautiously in order to avoid a rural roadway accident.

The accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. can help victims involved in pedestrian, motorcycle, or car accidents in North or South Carolina determine the best course of action for pursuit of a claim. Call us for a free and confidential appointment with an experienced attorney at 1-800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

SC roads more deadly? ABC News 4.

Trying to fix S.C.’s deadly rural roads, by Schuyler Kropf, The Post and Courier.

More Blog Entries:

North Carolina Tire Blowout Causes Family to Mourn Following a Fatal Car Accident, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 26, 2011.

Driver Fatigue a Danger on North Carolina Roadways Causing Drowsy Driving Car Accidents in Gastonia, Elsewhere North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 2, 2011.

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