A Look at Common Causes of Car Accidents in South Carolina

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In 2011 there were over 5 million car accidents in the United States which resulted in almost 3 million injuries. Every accident is unique and involves different people, different outcomes and different circumstances. But most share something in common: they are caused by some kind of driver era.

Factors Involved in Causing Car Accidents

Let's take a look at some of the factors that frequently cause accidents in South Carolina.

  • Distracted Driving – driving while you are talking on the phone or texting has been the result of close to 20 percent of fatal crashes and serious injuries.
  • Speeding – the numbers prove just how speeding can kill. Nearly one out of every three car accidents is the result of the driver going too fast. Even driving just over the limit can increase the chance of a crash and can result in driver and pedestrian injuries or even death.
  • Reckless driving – driving without any regard for the safety of others on the road and sidewalks is a prescription for disaster. Examples include weaving in and out of traffic, sudden breaking, dangerous passing maneuvers and driving without headlights.
  • Running a red light – hundreds of thousands of wrecks are caused every year by drivers who run a red light. Almost all these crashes result in some degree of injury.
  • Skipping a stop sign – when drivers are impatient and in a rush, they sometimes skip stop streets or come to "rolling stops". Careless conduct can injure or kill innocent people.
  • Teen drivers – car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Young drivers are as much as four times more likely to get into an accident than older drivers.
  • Changes lanes dangerously – it can be dangerous to change lanes without signaling or too suddenly. Slick roads and bad weather also contribute to unsafe lane changes.
  • Tailgating – following a car too closely is another leading cause of collisions. Try to allow 2 to 3 seconds between vehicles so there is sufficient time to break in an emergency.
  • Drowsy driving – Sixty percent of adults admit to having driven while feeling tired and more than a third had said they have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
  • Drunk driving – every year, many innocent people are injured or killed by drunk drivers.

Make Sure You Have a South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer on Your Side

If you or a family member have been involved in a car accident, no matter what the cause was, you may be eligible for certain claims to cover medical costs, loss of work and more. That's why you need a South Carolina personal injury lawyer from Clore Law on your side. We have the experience and expertise to help car crash victims and their loved ones with their case. Give us a call at 843-722-8070 to discuss the circumstances of your case and let us help you claim what you rightfully deserve.

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