Speed Increasing Risks of Serious Charleston Traffic Accidents

A 28-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after her vehicle caught fire during an accident that happened between the Dorchester Road and Cosgrove Avenue exits on Interstate 26. According to WISTV, witnesses of the accident say that the woman was driving erratically just prior to the crash, heading eastbound while using the emergency lane to pass vehicles.
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According to reports, the woman slammed into the back of a cab before slamming into the median wall. She ended up in a group of trees near the shoulder of the roadway. That’s when her vehicle caught fire. According to Spencer Pryor, police spokesman for North Carleston, firefighters, officers and citizens worked diligently to put the fire out and to remove the woman from her vehicle. Officers are still investigating the accident.

Our Charleston accident lawyers understand that speed is a top factor in many serious and fatal accidents. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens. There are about 13,000 people killed or seriously injured in accidents in which speeding is a factor each and every year. And to be more specific, fatal accidents are about 5 times more likely on rural roads than they are on urban roads. Accidents where speed is an issue cost society more than $40 billion annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The law, and we all know it, is that you’re required to drive no faster than the posted speed limit. Unfortunately, not all drivers obey this simple rule of the road.

Think safety and arrive safely:

-Make sure that you’re always driving to accommodate the current conditions of the road. You want to be cautious of traffic flow, rain, fog and other factors that may hinder your abilities to ride safely. The national speed limit should not be your target speed.

-You want to always be cautious of what’s around you — especially when traveling at swift speeds. You want to keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you. Avoid tailgating. The closer you’re following, the less time you have to react to a potential danger.

-Consider the consequences. If you cause an accident you will have to live with the emotional consequences of deaths or injuries caused to others.

-Never assume that it’s safe to exceed the speed limit just because there is no traffic around. You’ve got to be ready for unexpected dangers at all times.

-Be prepared to adjust to sudden speed reduction, for example, when you’re exiting from a highway, encountering sharp curves on a two-lane road or entering residential or high bicycle/pedestrian traffic areas.

-Leave early. If you’ve got plenty of time to get to your destination, you’re going to avoid rushing. And when motorists are rushing, they’re more likely to speed.

And remember that these speed limits are not here to slow you down, but to help keep you safe. Traffic engineers maintain that speed limits should be established according to the 85th percentile of free flowing traffic. This means the limit should be set at a level at or under which 85 percent of people are driving. Numerous studies have shown that the 85th percentile is the safest possible level at which to set a speed limit.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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