One week into 2017, the frightening numbers are in. The State reported that although the number of traffic fatalities in South Carolina in 2016 is very similar to the number reported in 2015 (actually down just slightly), the number of fatalities in Richland County has spiked from 45 in 2015 to 68 in 2016. In other words, the already-too-high number increased by about 50% in just one year.
What leads to such horrible motor vehicle accidents? Troopers of the South Carolina Highway Patrol say it’s primarily speed, impaired driving, lack of seat belt use, and distracted driving. Distracted driving — texting, eating, talking on the phone, etc. while driving — is particularly common place. The other biggie is seat belts. Less than half the people who died while occupying a motor vehicle on South Carolina roads were wearing their seat belts.
The personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm understand how devastating it is to lose a loved one in a car crash. The complicated legal battles that result from such a tragedy only add difficulty to the situation. If you or your family are dealing with serious injuries or even wrongful death as a result of a motor vehicle accident, call the Goings Law Firm today at 803-350-9230 and see if we can help.