The preliminary numbers are out and six people have died because of South Carolina car accidents during the 78-hour New Year’s Holiday, from 6 p.m. on December 30th to 12 a.m. on January 2nd. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, 10 people died during this time period last year. These new statistics reveal drivers are failing to use their New Year’s resolutions to be a better driver in 2012. These early statistics should be an eye opener to drivers across the state. Until we all practice safe and defensive driving habits, roadway fatalities will continue to plague the state.
From January 1st though January 2nd on 2012, there were four people killed on our roadways. Eight people were killed during this same time period in 2011.
Our Anderson car accident lawyers understand that as of December 31st 2011, there were approximately 815 people who died on South Carolina highways. Although the number of fatalities remained relatively stagnant, the fact that there were 5 more fatalities in 2011 is devastating. Until traffic accident fatalities reduce significantly, residents, drivers and law enforcement agencies are urged to put road safety as a number one concern.
There were more than 560 motor-vehicle occupants who died in 2011. Of these traffic fatalities, more than 270 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. In 2010, roughly 315 of the near 600 motor-vehicle occupants who were killed in traffic accidents were not wearing a seat belt during the time of impact. Yes, seat belt use is on the rise among drivers in South Carolina, but the number of traffic accident fatalities still remains far too high.
South Carolina’s Preliminary 2011 Statistics:
-Roughly 815 people were killed in traffic-related accidents.
-More than 110 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents.
-More than 100 motorcyclists were killed in traffic-related accidents.
-Nearly 15 bicyclists were killed in traffic-related accidents.
South Carolina’s 2010 Statistics:
-Roughly 810 people were killed in traffic-related accidents.
-More than 80 motorcyclists were killed in traffic-related accidents.
-There were 14 bicyclists were killed in traffic-related accidents.
The news doesn’t get any better. According to even more recent statistics from the Highway Patrol, more than 10 people were killed on South Carolina highways from 6 a.m. on January 6th through midnight January 8th.
That means that as of January 8th, 17 people have died already in 2012 on South Carolina roadways. This year’s statistics are a little better than last year’s, considering 19 people were killed during this same short time period in 2011.
2012 Traffic Fatalities as of January 8th:
-Three pedestrians died.
-One motorcyclist was killed.
-One bicyclist has died.
Statistics above occurred on state roads and highways. On the same date in 2011, four pedestrians had died already.
Highway Patrol is keeping a close eye on our roadways and you’re urged to do the same. Please be careful on our roadways through 2012 to help make this the safest road ever. Happy 2012!
Contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or a family member has been injured in a North or South Carolina traffic accident. Our experienced team of attorneys can help to advise you of your rights and pursue the appropriate compensation for your injuries. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free appointment.
More Blog Entries:
Resolve to Reduce your Risk of a Carolina Car Accident in 2012, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 4, 2012
New Data from NHTSA Indicates Fatal Car Accidents in North Carolina Still High in 2010, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 1, 2012