Car Accidents in South Carolina Showing Increase from Previous Years

As we recently reported on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, officers throughout South Carolina kicked off the 100-day enforcement effort, HEAT or Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Driving, to help to make our roadways a little safer for everyone.
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Unfortuntately, there were more than 10 people killed in South Carolina accidents in the last week. Five on them happened on the Grand Strand, according to Carolina Live.

“This is not uncommon to see a rash of fatalities during our summer months,” said Sonny Collins, South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Corporal.

According to accident statistics, this year is seeing just about as many deadly accidents as any other year. As of the 17th of July, there were already 97 deadly crashes. During the same time in 2011, there were already 96.

Collins says that you can be the safest driver out there and you’re still going to run into dangerous drivers. It’s a risk that we all face, especially during the summer travel season. He adds that the South Carolina Highway Patrol is working to do everything that they can to help to reduce the risks of accidents.

The 100 Deadly Days started around Memorial Day and go until Labor Day.

The campaign and enforcement efforts are still going strong. Officers are in search of motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belt and for drivers who display dangerous and aggressive habits behind the wheel. You may have seen the variable message boards. Those are the ones that are lining roads across the state reminding drivers of safe driving habits. They’re one of your best defenses against a potentially fatal car accident.

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles offers safe driving tips to help you to stay safe in all sorts of dangerous driving situations. Officials offer tips on how to safely share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, commercial vehicles and with road workers. Drivers are urged to keep a watchful eye out. Look for our more vulnerable travelers, like bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. These travelers are oftentimes overlooked by drivers of passenger vehicles. Make sure that you take the extra time to scan your entire surroundings before making a move in traffic.

Drivers are also asked to be cautious when traveling through our state’s work zones. These areas are plentiful during this time of the year. The weather is warm and workers are taking advantage of it. Slow down and be on the lookout for roadway dangers in these zones. Avoid tailgating and allow for traffic delays.

Contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Rock Hill or elsewhere. Call 1-800-887-1965 to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.

Additional Resources:

“100 Deadly Days of Summer” earning its name, by Ryan Naquin, Carolina Live
More Blog Entries:

Troopers Fighting Risks of Accidents in Rock Hill and Elsewhere through HEAT Campaign, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 1, 2012

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