Slew of Car Accidents in Carolinas Raise Concerns for 2012

It’s a New Year and we’re already racking up some startling statistics for car accidents in the Carolinas. Just take a peek at recent headlines. It’s “Car Accident Here” and “Car Accident There.” It’s a New Year and a fresh start for safer roadways. We’re asking all residents to make a New Year’s resolution to be a safer driver in 2012.
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Our Carolina car accident lawyers understand how dangerous our roadways can be. Car accidents are becoming alarmingly frequent in our area. Use the New Year as a clean slate to practice safe and cautious driving habits. Let the recent strand of motor-vehicle accidents in the area act as a wake-up call for better driving habits by all.

There was a recent car accident in Cherokee County in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85. This accident happened just before 9 a.m. among three tractor trailers and four additional vehicles, according to Fox Carolina.

The Highway Patrol reported a second accident after a tractor trailer hauling live chickens flipped in Oconee County. This accident happened between Hunt and Cody Roads along Pine Grove Road. This accident forced officials to shut down travel in the area for several hours while the mess was cleaned up. The driver of that truck was injured and was transported to Oconee Medical Center in Seneca for treatment.

The list doesn’t stop there. There was a third accident in which a North Carolina man died at the scene of an accident also on Interstate 85 right by Blacksburg. The man was killed as the tractor trailer he was driving plowed through a guard rail and down an embankment. According to the man’s autopsy, he suffered a heart attack and died just seconds before the accident, according to Go Upstate.

There was even another accident. According Carolina Live, South Carolina Highway Patrol officers continue to investigate a traffic accident that took the lives of two brothers in Georgetown County. It happened when their vehicle smashed into a log truck on Powell Road. Officers will be investigating the in-car black box data recorder, which the brother’s newer-model car contained, for additional information.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is here to offer drivers with a few safe driving tips to help make 2012 safer than ever on our Carolina roadways. Safe roads start with you. Pledge to be a better driver this year to help reduce the risks of fatal car accidents.

Safe Driving Tips:

-Be cautious when traveling in the rain. Standing water can cause your vehicle to loose traction with the road and spin out of control. Slow it down in the rain.

-Slow down in work zones, where you may find unexpected dangers. Drive defensively, cautiously and courteously through these areas to protect yourself and road workers.

-Pay extra attention during rush hour. Mornings and afternoons are always a tough time on our roadways. Be patient and polite during these high volume-traffic times.

-Keep your vehicle well-maintained. Periodically check the vehicle’s fluid levels and tire pressure and make sure wipers and headlights are working properly.

-Keep a safety kit and a first-aid kit in your vehicle at all times to be better equipped to handle emergencies.

If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident in the Carolinas, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with a traffic accident attorney today.

Additional Resources:

Lane still closed along I-85 northbound in Cherokee Co., by Casey Vaughn, Fox Carolina

HP: Overturned chicken truck sends driver to hospital, by Casey Vaughn, Fox Carolina

Brothers die in wreck with log truck, by Victoria Spechko, Carolina Live

More Blog Entries:

New Data from NHTSA Indicates Fatal Car Accidents in North Carolina Still High in 2010, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 1, 2012

Nationwide Cell Phone Ban Could Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents in Greensboro, Statewide, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, December 25, 2011

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