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I-95’s Deadly Stretch Causes Several Accidents- SC Attorney

A 24- year-old  Marine lost his life this past weekend after being involved in a car accident in one of the most deadly stretch of Interstate that I-95 has to offer.

Statistics have shown that there is a particular section of this highway that is infamous for numerous accidents within the bounds of the roadway. The number of accidents is extraordinary since the year has begun: 132 car accidents so far in the same area of I-95 in Florence County for 2012.

The  South Carolina Department of Public Safety ( SCDPS) believes this number will increase as the year and holiday season begin. 2011 was a grizzly one as well, reporting 220 car accidents in the ” deadly stretch.”

Drivers who use I-95 on a regular basis have been offering suggestions on how to reduce the number of car accidents, but have not yet been fully heard. Daily driver, Natalie Bates spoke out and suggested that ” if the lanes were wider…if the road was in better condition, [or] if there were some signs showing speeds that people are going.” She additionally noted how is more State Patrol cars were available to monitor the speed, the incident number may also decrease.

Ultimately, the main issue boils down to the fact that the speed in the ” deadly stretch” is an extraordinary 75 mph! The SCDPS has reported that more than 50% of the accidents that occur on this roadway can be attributed to the speed of the drivers. And with 75 mph as the base, drivers are inclined to travel anywhere upwards to 90 mph at any given point, almost tripling the death rate if the car were to collide with another at that rate.

Common drivers of the highway also believe that vacationers on the way to the beach contribute to the accidents, as they are not as familiar with the roadways, speeds, and turns that the highway has in store.

Public Safety Officials have repeatedly encouraged drivers to follow the posted speed, and to not allow the 75 mph posting to be pushed beyond its limits. Speeding is the number one cause of accidents that happens on the roadways. Couple speeding with distraction and you have the perfect recipe for disaster.

North and South Carolina Attorneys

If you, or someone you love has been injured in a car accident or any sort, please contact the Offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP to get the help that you deserve. With experienced attorneys on your side, Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower are ready and willing to help. Call us at 877-374-5999, or contact us using this form, to speak with an attorney who will help you evaluate your claim.

 

Rock Hill Woman dies in Pedestrian Accident Yesterday – Attorneys in Rock Hill

In Rock Hill yesterday, a 57-year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a car at the intersection of Heckle Boulevard and McCullough Street.  The pedestrian was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Piedmont Medical Center by the York County Coroner.

The coroner decided the injuries caused by the pedestrian accident killed her.  Apparently, the car had the right of way, and the pedestrian may have or may not have been intoxicated.

The area between McCullough Street and Heckle Boulevard doesn’t have a crosswalk.

The Pedestrian Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower

If you or someone you know have been injured or killed in any type of accident, call the South Carolina personal injury attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower at 877-374-5999, or use this form, for a free consultation with an attorney to help you evaluate your claim and to get the recovery you deserve.

Children and Accidents – The Alarming Truth

The alarming truth about car accidents is that exponentially more than any  other accident, car accidents are the most common type of injury involving minor children. In fact, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), nearly 250,000 children are injured every year in-car accidents.

So let’s break down the math. Essentially, what this means is that on any given day, close to 700 children are  harmed due to motor vehicle collisions on our roadways. Of the 250,000 kids injured each year, approximately 2,000 die from their injuries. Delving even further into the statistics, children make up an overwhelming 5% of all fatalities due to motor vehicle collisions. Of that percentage, the majority of the children are aged 2-14 years, the most tender years of a child’s developing life. unfortunately, 20% of those fatalities are caused by intoxicated drivers. Almost half of the children that were killed were “riding passengers” in a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver.Moreover, car accidents are the leading cause of after-acquired disabilities, such as brain injuries or paralysis, for children across the nation.

Of the child fatalities that do not involve intoxication, half  of those accidents were due to failure to wear a seat belt or use a child safety seat.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least 72% of  child vehicle safety restraints that were observed, were being used incorrectly. NHTSA has moreover found that if the child were properly harnessed into the restraint, the reduction of death would be by 71% for infants, and by 54% for toddlers.

Each state requires that children under the age of 5 use approved child safety seats; however, it has been observed that there is only a 90% compliance rate.

These statistics are disheartening and alarming. For the children especially, who become victims of adult mistakes, and then are “incompetent” in the eyes of the law to bring suit until the age of 18, or in a guardian capacity.

If you or your child have been injured by a drunk driver, or a faulty seatbelt or restraint, or in any other manner, the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower LLP are ready and capable to help.

We are licensed to practice in both North and South Carolina, and encourage you to continue browsing our website and to compare our attorneys’ credentials to any other firm. You can then call us toll-free at 877-374-5999 or contact us by email for a private, confidential consultation to review your particular case.

Van Flips Right Over the Border- Fort Mill

On Wednesday afternoon, a woman was seriously injured when a van flipped during an accident in York County. The accident took place on Interstate 77 going southbound, right past Highway 160 near Fort Mill, SC.

The victim was 56-year-old Elizabeth Houston, who was driving a brown colored Toyota van at the time of the accident. Ms. Houston was taken to a nearby York County hospital, but was found to have no serious life-threatening injuries.

There was no alcohol to be found in the incident. Luckily, Ms. Houston was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, which may have resulted in her injuries being so minimal.It does not seem completely clear the cause of the accident, but Ms. Houston was charged with improper lane change according to the accident report prepared by the police.

The accident did cause hours of ruckus however, as two of the four lanes of the highway were blocked, and onlookers traveling at a slower that normal speed caused major traffic congestion.

 

The South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower

If you or someone you know have been injured or killed in any type of accident, call the South Carolina personal injury attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower at 877-374-5999, or use this form, for a free consultation with an attorney to help you evaluate your claim and to get the recovery you deserve.

 

 

Fatal Accident on I-26 kills 11 -year- old- Columbia Accident Attorney

A tragedy occurred on Interstate 26 Saturday night, when an 11-year-old’s life was taken in a fatal car accident. A mother and her 11-year-old son were traveling on Interstate 26 when their car suddenly struck the guardrail, slowing down to a complete stop in the center of the fast lane. Almost immediately thereafter, their car was impacted by another car that skidded into the mother’s vehicle.

The frightened mother than gathered her children as quickly as possible in an attempt to evade any additional damages, and began to walk along side the road.  As the family made their way slightly down the road, the 11-year-old boy was struck by a pickup truck, throwing his body into the median. Thereafter, an 18-wheeler rapidly approached the disaster, and in an attempt to avoid the now pileup, he swerved into the median. It is unclear whether the child was hit by the 18-wheeler or not when the truck ran atop the median.

The child was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol M.A.I.T. team was called to the scene of the accident and began an investigation into the accident. Deputy Chris Keller of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene to assist with traffic control on the interstate.

To make matters even worse, as Officer Keller was standing towards the rear of his vehicle directing traffic around the accident, a Jeep approached and would not merge over. Officer Keller was able to escape the impact of the Jeep before it crashed into his patrol car. Luckily, Officer Keller suffered no injuries, but the damage to the patrol car amounted to a total loss.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol subsequently arrested the driver of the Jeep, Billy Dwayne Jones, 38, of North Charleston, who has been charged with driving under the influence. Jones was released on a $992.50 personal appearance bond.

 

In a horrific situation such as the aforementioned, it is difficult to place blame on any one party in particular, as it appears as though it was just one tragic event after another. It is important to obtain counsel to protect yourself and others from any further harm or injustice.

The South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower

If you or someone you know have been injured or killed in any type of accident, call the South Carolina personal injury attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower at 877-374-5999, or use this form, for a free consultation with an attorney to help you evaluate your claim and to get the recovery you deserve.