A 31-year-old woman has passed away one week after getting into an auto accident in Spartangburg with a tractor-trailer.
According to GoUpstate.com, the accident happened on California Avenue when her sedan crashed into a 2010 International tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto California Avenue when the accident happened. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that she wasn’t identified until days after the accident at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She suffered from internal head injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the accident.
Our Spartanburg truck accident lawyers understand that it’s the motorists in passenger vehicles, like the ones you and I drive, who are most at risk in serious accidents with larger commercial vehicles. In these accidents, we are the ones who are injured most severely and killed most often. During the summer travel season we see some serious traffic on our roadways, including tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles. With this increase in traffic comes an increase in the risks for serious accidents. Drivers are asked to be extremely cautions behind the wheel during this time of the year.
Safe driving habits are your best defense against a potentially fatal accident with a large tractor-trailer.
According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 3,700 people who died in auto accidents that involved a large truck in 2010. Large trucks are defined by officials as vehicles that have a gross vehicle rating of more than 10,000 pounds. In 2010, there were more than 275,000 large trucks that were involved in accidents across the nation. This was one of the categories of auto accidents that saw a significant increase from the year before. As a matter of fact, we saw a near 10 percent increase in the number of these fatal accidents during this time.
In the state of South Carolina, there were nearly 1,110 vehicles involved in fatal auto accidents in 2010. Of these vehicles, nearly 100 of them were large trucks.
Share the Road With Trucks, Safety Tips from Road Safe:
-Make sure you’re paying attention to your surroundings when you’re approaching a truck.
-Stay out of trucks’ blind spots. If you can’t see a truck’s side mirrors then the driver cannot see you.
-Never cut in front of any large vehicle. They have a tougher time stopping than our smaller vehicles.
-Maintain a consistent speed while passing a large truck. Do so swiftly. Never linger on the side of a large truck.
-Always use your turn signals to alert drivers your intentions.
-Always drive with your headlights on to improve your visibility to other drivers.
-Give trucks at least four to six seconds of space in wet conditions and at highway speeds.
The Spartangburg trucking accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. represent the victims of truck accidents in both North and South Carolina. Call us today to set up a free and confidential consultation if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Truck Accidents in North Carolina Minimized with Speed Limiters, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 21, 2012
Trucking Accidents in Greensboro and Elsewhere More Common, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 12, 2012