This article below really accentuates how quickly bad accidents can happen reulting in serious injury or death. It starts with one driver who is not paying full attention to the road or is in a hurry and taking dangerous chances. Although we use the term “accident,” I always remind myself that there is really is no such thing. Accidents are almost always the result of making bad decisions, taking risks, and/or breaking safety rules. When you add a large commercial truck or tractor trailer to the mix, catastrophic loss can occur. When you and your family are on the road, always assume the worst in other people’s driving. Give yourself plenty of room between your car and traffic. And always be looking for an “escape” or “exit” should an accident occur in front of you. Be Safe. Get Home.

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Dump truck driver killed in 8-car pile up on Hwy 17

Posted: Aug 02, 2011 10:07 AM EDTUpdated: Aug 03, 2011 4:40 PM EDT

By Alex Kreitman
MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -The driver of a large dump truck was killed Tuesday morning after the truck collided with at least seven cars on Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant. The major wreck killed a dump truck driver and shut down Highway 17 in both directions for most of the day.After striking that car, the dump truck plowed into six more vehicles in the northbound lane before hitting a tree in front of a pharmacy. The dump truck then caught fire, killing the driver, 73-year-old James Cook of Summerville. Autopsy results show that Cook died from injuries sustained in the accident.According to Mt. Pleasant police, the collision happened at 9:48 a.m. on Highway 17 North near the Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre. A large dump truck hit a vehicle at the intersection of Market Center Boulevard.Highway 17 has been shut down in both directions since 10 a.m. Traffic is being diverted off of Highway 17 onto Venning and Mathis Ferry Roads and the Isle of Palms Connector.  The road will remain closed until at least 4 p.m., pending the conclusion of the accident investigation. Once the roadway is reopened, delays should still be expected.Mt. Pleasant Police are urging drivers to avoid the area. Drivers can take Hungryneck Boulevard, go around Lowes and then head toward the Rite Aid. Drivers can also use Longpoint Road or Rifle Range Road.Lorraine grant works in the area and saw the whole accident unfold.”I saw other people in other cars some of them were injured but other people jumped out of their car to make sure they were alright so I saw at least three people get pulled from their car someone was helping them out fo their car,” Grant said.The Mount Pleasant Police Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are conducting the investigation.Copyright WCSC 2011. All rights reserved.