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Navigating a personal injury claim? Legal counsel can help

Car accidents -- even those described as minor -- can have devastating consequences. Some injuries that are not immediately evident can lead to chronic pain and ongoing medical expenses for years after the accident. If you do not consult with a physician after the crash, the lack of medical records may make it difficult to claim compensation from a negligent driver who caused the crash.

Teenage driving safety event

National Teen Driver Safety Week took place in mid-October. However, parents in South Carolina and around the country should promote safe driving habits to their children throughout the year. A 2016 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that teenage drivers had the greatest increase in crash fatalities in 2015 with a 10 percent jump over the previous year. Teenagers are also nearly three times more likely to be killed in a vehicle accident than other age groups.

Government plan aims to end traffic injuries, deaths

An ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities to zero within three decades has been announced by the Obama administration, and on Oct. 5, government officials unveiled some of the first initiatives in the plan that they hope will make drivers in South Carolina drivers and throughout the country safer. The first country to adopt such a goal was Sweden in 1997 with a plan called Vision Zero.

Obama's Latest Edict: No More Auto Crash Deaths

ABC News recently reported on President Obama's new goal to eliminate car crash mortality and morbidity within 30 years. At first look, it might seem an unrealistically ambitious aim. However, US Transportation Department officials agree it is, indeed, possible, if new safety programs and advancing technologies are fully embraced.

Motor vehicle fatalities increase in 2015

According to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more people in South Carolina and throughout the United States were killed motor vehicle accidents in 2015 than in 2014. Traffic fatalities had been on the decline since 2005 when 42,708 deaths were recorded. However, there was a 7.2 percent one-year increase in 2015. The total number of roadway fatalities last year was 35,092.

The high cost of drowsy driving

South Carolina motorists should be aware of the serious threat presented by drowsy driving. In 2015 alone, approximately 5,000 people were killed as a result of car accidents involving drowsy drivers. Nearly 83.6 million Americans are sleep-deprived when they get behind the wheel each day.

Driving while distracted

Many drivers in South Carolina and the rest of the nation are facing more distractions while on the road. In addition to such distractions as eating, texting and talking on a cell phone, drivers are now routinely accessing social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Other nations pull ahead of the U.S. in road safety

The widespread disregard of seat belt laws and a persistently high number of drunk drivers are two main reasons why advances in road safety in South Carolina and around the country have lagged behind the gains made in other developed nations. This was one of the conclusions of a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention July 6. The report compared traffic accident fatalities in the U.S. between 2000 and 2013 with the death rates of pedestrians, motorists and cyclists in 19 other wealthy countries.

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