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South Carolina Traffic Deaths Increase in 2012

South Carolina traffic fatalities increased for the second year in a row in 2012 according to preliminary information released by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Attempts to prevent drivers and pedestrians from the risk of car accidents have been unsuccessful.

There were 833 accident fatalities in 2012, which was an increase from the 827 deaths reported in 2011. In 2010, the state had the lowest number of fatalities in almost 30 years with 806 reported deaths. Greenville and Richland Counties had the highest number of fatalities, reported respectively, 65 and 51.

South Carolina's efforts to stem a rising trend of pedestrian, motorcyclist and bicycle deaths did not stop last year's increase in these fatalities. According to preliminary numbers, 115 pedestrians, 109 motorcyclists and 13 bicyclists died in 2012.

These statistics result in increased losses and suffering. A victim of a car accident, pedestrian-auto accident, motorcyclist or bicyclist may be entitled to monetary damages, if the accident was caused by a driver who did not exercise the required degree of care, violated the law or was distracted. Victims may also seek compensation if there was a defective property condition or if there was a malfunctioning vehicle or traffic device. Compensation may cover medical treatment, loss wages and the death of a family member, among other things

Investigations should begin promptly to assure that information, eyewitness testimony and police reports may be obtained. Time limitations may prevent the initiation of lawsuits to obtain compensation.

Source: Summerville Patch, "SC Traffic Deaths Rise Again in 2012", Chris Winston, Jan. 2, 2013.

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