Three people were killed in a recent car accident in Darlington County. According to Coroner Todd Hardee, the accident happened along a rural road when a vehicle crossed over the center lane and into the path of an oncoming car. The two collided head on. Two people in one of the vehicles died. The third fatality was an occupant of the other car. All of the victims were in their 20s, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Our Spartanburg car accident lawyers understand that most fatal car crashes happen in rural areas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 33,800 people who died in car accidents in 2009, nearly 60 percent of the accidents occurred in rural areas. Nearly 19,300 people were killed in car accidents in rural areas during the year. Even though only about 25 percent of the nation lived in rural areas in 2009, fatal accidents in these areas accounted for a large majority of the total number of traffic fatalities. From 2000 to 2009, rural fatalities decreased by more than 20 percent whereas urban fatalities decreased by only 10 percent.
The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled was nearly 3 times higher in rural areas than in urban areas. In rural areas, nearly a third of all of traffic-related fatalities were speed-related whereas only about 30 percent of them were speed-related in urban areas.
In the state of South Carolina, nearly 1,000 people were killed in car accidents in rural areas. Less than 20 people were killed in car accidents during this time in urban areas. That means that 98 percent of these accidents happened in rural areas while only 2 percent happened in urban areas.
Another interesting fact is that about half of those who died in car accidents in rural areas died at the scene of the accident. This is most likely because it’s tougher to receive emergency response efforts in a timely manner in these areas. When you need help and you need it fast, being in a rural area isn’t the most opportunistic place you want to be.
Rural Driving Tips:
-Remember that these roads aren’t limited-access freeways. Be on the lookout for cross traffic and oncoming traffic.
-Keep an eye out for bicyclists and pedestrians.
-Be cautious of changing speed limits when approaching congestion areas and towns.
-Obey advisory speed signs when entering a curve.
-Be on the lookout for ditches, soft shoulders, roadside hazards, etc.
-Avoid tailgating other vehicles. Following cars too closely only increases your risks for an accident.
-Know when and where you can pass.
-Avoid speeding on these roads. Just because you deal with less traffic doesn’t mean you’re free to do as you wish.
-Be careful of slow-moving vehicles and farm machinery.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Spartanburg or in any of the nearby areas contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices to schedule a free and confidential appointment today. Call 800-887-1965.
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