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December 2014 Archives

Distracted drivers increase the risk for accidents

People in South Carolina may know that driving while distracted could raise one's risk of getting into an auto accident. According to statistics, more than 1,100 are injured and at least nine people die each day in the U.S. because of accidents involving inattentive drivers. Distracted driving has also been linked to reckless behaviors in teens, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Motor vehicle accidents and work injuries

Negligent drivers make the roads of South Carolina less safe for workers. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that an average of 338 pedestrian workers were killed each year between 2003 and 2010 as the result of vehicle collisions. This makes vehicle collisions the leading cause of deaths on the job in the U.S.

South Carolina motorists endangered by impaired drivers

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorists in South Carolina and other states are at risk of injury or death due to impaired driving accidents. With 31 percent of all traffic deaths in 2012 involving alcohol and alcohol-impaired drivers contributing to a death rate of one individual every 51 minutes that same year, the CDC has advised drivers to be as safe as possible.

75-year-old woman killed in drunk driving crash

A drunk driving accident in South Carolina resulted in a woman's death on Dec. 3. The accident took place at around 4 p.m. in Spartanburg and involved three cars, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Afterwards, one of the drivers was charged for felony DUI and two counts of unlawful possession and distribution of prescription drugs.

Accidents caused by large trucks

Many South Carolina motorists might not be cognizant of the perils presented by sharing the roadway with large trucks. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that, in 2012, just under 4,000 people lost their lives in crashes involving large trucks. Among those fatalities, 73 percent were drivers or passengers of vehicles that collided with the truck.

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