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Memorial Day weekend deadly for South Carolina motorists

Holiday weekends can be fatal for motorists. In South Carolina, the 2013 Memorial Day weekend was the deadliest that the state has suffered in three years.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announced that 12 people were killed on state highways over the 3-day holiday weekend that started on the evening of May 24 and ended at midnight on May 27. For 2012 and 2011, eight fatalities were reported for this holiday weekend in each of those years.

South Carolina motorcyclist fatalities were also higher during the 2013 Memorial Day weekend compared to 2012 and 2011, according to preliminary figures. Six motorcyclists died over this 3-day period this year. For 2012 and 2011, there were four and two motorcyclist deaths, respectively. Preliminary figures also reveal that five of this year's motorcyclist accidents took place in Horry County, which hosted the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

South Carolina has suffered 259 fatalities on its highways this year up to May 27. There were 348 deaths reported for the same period last year. There have been 28 pedestrian, 37 motorcyclist and four bicycle fatalities on South Carolina roads as of May 27 this year.

Motorists and pedestrians face dangers and injuries over any weekend. Nearly half of pedestrian fatalities occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Alcohol-impaired drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal car accident over the weekend. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that motorcyclist deaths and injuries at any time are an important public health concern.

Victims of an auto crash occurring at any time may be entitled to compensation for medical treatment, lost wages and other losses caused by a negligent or reckless driver. Families may also be entitled to compensation for the death of a relative. Accident victims should act promptly to obtain accident investigation reports and other evidence indicating that a driver or establishment did not exercise due care or violated the law.

Source: WSAV, "Deadliest Memorial Day weekend on SC roads in 3 years," May 28, 2013

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