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Higher Speed Limits Have Killed at Least 33,000 People in the U.S. over the Last 20 Years, IIHS Reports

 

Speed limits across the nation have been on the rise over the past two decades since Congress repealed the National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL) law in 1995. Some have argued that these speed limit increases are simply aligning the law with reality, given that many motorists are regularly driving at speeds that exceed 55 miles per hour (mph) – the limit set by the NMSL.

A new study, however, has revealed that these speed limit increases are coming with a big cost – namely, the cost of thousands of lives.

In fact, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reported, the speed limit hikes that have occurred across the U.S. over the past two decades have contributed to at least 33,000 traffic-related deaths. This high fatality rate has “been so great that it has now largely offset the beneficial effects of some other traffic safety strategies1,” IIHS has pointed out.

Details & Findings of the IIHS Speed Limit Study

To evaluate the impacts of speed limit increases across the nation, IIHS researchers analyzed traffic fatality data versus speed limit increases for 41 states (leaving out 9 states and the District of Columbia due to their low rates of vehicle miles traveled).

In examining this data, researchers focused on fatality rates per billion miles driven (per state), taking note of what type of roads these deaths were occurring on (i.e., rural versus urban interstates). They also reportedly accounted for other factors that may contribute to roadway fatalities, like drunk driving.

What they discovered from their analyses was that:

  • When speed limits go up, drivers will go even faster than the new speed limit, increasing the risk of auto accidents.
  • For every 5 mph that speed limits increased, there was generally a 4-percent increase in the death rate (for a given roadway).
  • Freeways and interstates, which were associated with the highest increases in speed limits, saw a roughly 8-percent spike in fatal crashes over study period.
  • In 2013 alone (the last year of the 20-year study period), speed limit increases contributed to at least 1,900 deaths.
  • These fatality estimates are likely conservative, as a number of states have continued to elevate their speed limits since 2013 (with at least five states in the U.S. now having speed limits set as high as 80 mph).

Commenting on this study and its findings, lead study author and IIHS vice president of research and statistics, Charles Farmer, has explained that:

Since 2013, speeds have only become more extreme, and the trend shows no sign of abating… We hope state lawmakers will keep in mind the deadly consequences of higher speeds when they consider raising limits.

What do you think of this study and its findings? Has this inspired you to be more careful about complying with posted speed limits? Tell us what you think on Facebook & Google+.

Contact a Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in an auto crash – or if you have lost a loved one to a fatal traffic wreck, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights and recovery options.

At Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A., we know that no amount of money can ever erase the impacts of serious or fatal traffic accidents. We are also aware, however, that financial recoveries can be pivotal to helping injured people and/or families during these challenging times, as compensation can provide them with the resources necessary to cover medical bills, funeral costs, etc. That, in turn, can be the key to helping survivors reclaim their lives.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

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1: Examples of ‘traffic safety strategies’ include (and are not limited to) speed cameras, heightened enforcement by police, and even vehicle safety technologies (like airbags).

South Carolina Car Accidents: A Look at the Prevalence & Impacts [Infographic]

Although South Carolina hasn’t been ranked as having the worst drivers in the nation, auto accidents are still a prominent cause of injuries and deaths in the state. In fact, while more than 13 traffic crashes occur in South Carolina every hour, every day, at least two people in the state are killed in deadly car accidents.

Revealing more about the frequency and impacts of auto wrecks in South Carolina, the following infographics presents some of the latest findings related to the incidence and impacts of traffic accidents in the state.1

We encourage you to share this fascinating infographic on social media to encourage all motorists to do their part to keep the roads safe and minimize the risk of crashes.

When you need answers about your options for financially recovering after an auto wreck, simply contact an experienced Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law. Our lawyers are ready to help you identify and move forward with your best recovery options following any type of traffic wreck.

South Carolina Car Accidents: A Look at the Prevalence & Impacts [Infographic]

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in an auto accident – or if you have lost a loved one to a deadly traffic crash, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for effective legal advocacy as you pursue recovery and justice.

You can call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

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1: According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), with all data reported herein coming from 2014 (the most recent year for which complete statistics are currently available)

Teal Day 5k for Ovarian Cancer Awareness – Oct. 1st at 7am

Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. is hosting a 5k run/walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness on October 1, 2016 in Columbia South Carolina. The event will begin at 7:30 am, with race day registration at 7:00 am. All proceeds will benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition!

To register before race day, please click here!

Teal Day 5k for Ovarian Cancer Awareness - Oct. 1st at 7am

Teal Day 5k for Ovarian Cancer Awareness – Oct. 1st at 7am

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers Report: Top 10 States with the Worst Drivers in the U.S.

Not all motorists on the road are as safe, sober, careful and attentive as we would like to believe. In fact, most people with even just a little bit of experience driving have likely come across at least one driver who’s been distracted, drunk, overly aggressive or just flat-out careless on the road.

Report: Top 10 States with the Worst Drivers in the U.S.

Shedding more light on this issue, a recently published report1 has ranked every state in the nation according to how risky and dangerous the drivers in that state are. To develop this ranking, they reportedly evaluated data such as (but not exclusive to) the following for each state:

The Findings

After crunching the numbers and conducting some complex analysis, researchers ranked the following as the top 10 states with the worst motorists in the nation:

  1. Florida, which has the second highest rate of uninsured motorists, as well as high incidence of traffic tickets being issued to drivers
  2. Mississippi, which has the fifth highest rate of traffic-related fatalities, as well as the 12th highest DUI arrest rate in the nation
  3. Oklahoma, which has the single highest rate of uninsured drivers in the nation, as well as the 15th highest rate of DUI arrests and traffic-related deaths
  4. New Jersey, which has the second highest rate of traffic-related deaths in the nation
  5. Delaware, which has the single highest rate of traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. (but, interestingly, has a relatively low DUI rate, which is why this state was not ranked higher by researchers)
  6. Alabama , which has a pretty high traffic fatality rate, especially when considering the fact that about 1 in every 3 of these deaths is caused by/involves a drunk or impaired driver
  7. Vermont, which has one of the highest DUI arrest rates in the nation (but, interesting, has a relatively low DUI-related death rate)
  8. Tennessee, which has a high rate of uninsured drivers, as well as a high traffic-related death rate (though the DUI arrest rate for this state was fairly low when compared to other states that made the top 10 ranking)
  9. Texas, which has one of the highest DUI fatality rates in the nation (and, interestingly, has a relatively low DUI arrest rate)
  10. Nevada, which has one of the highest incidence of traffic citations being issued and has been ranked 17th for DUI arrests (and, remarkably, this state has a high rate of insured drivers).

While nearly half of these states are located in the southeast – and despite the fact that North Carolina came in at #20 (for having the worst drivers in the nation), notably, South Carolina was not in the top 25 rankings.

What do you think about this report and its findings? Have you shared the roads with drivers in any of the above states? Did you find them to be particularly risky, reckless or dangerous?

Share your opinions and experiences with us on Facebook & Google+.

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in an auto accident – or if you have lost a loved one to a deadly traffic crash, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your recovery options, as well as effective legal advocacy moving forward.

While we are fully aware that no amount of compensation can ever replace a loved one (or make up for permanent injuries), our lawyers also understand that financial recoveries can be integral to helping survivors heal and move on to a brighter future.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, your potential case, and how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

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1: This report was compiled and issued by researchers at SmartAsset, a research organization dedicated to using technology and data to “answer complex financial questions.”

‘Safe Cars Save Lives’ Campaign Looks to Promote Proactive Approach to Vehicle Safety

 

Today, authorities at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are rolling out a new safety campaign, focused on informing drivers and vehicle passengers about what they can do to minimize their risk of traffic crashes and injuries.

This multi-faceted safety campaign, operating under the name Safe Cars Save Lives, will reportedly involve a number of events in various major cities, during which officials will:

  • Provide free vehicle safety checks
  • Disseminate various safety information related to vehicle maintenance and driving safety.

According to officials, the campaign-related events will kick off today in Florida, with additional events scheduled in a number of other states over the course of this week (and culminating in Texas on August 13th).

A Closer Look at the Campaign Events: Motivating Motorists to Be Proactive about Vehicle Safety

While authorities will reportedly be discussing a number of topics at the various safety events planned for this week, some of the topics that will reportedly take center stage include:

  • Vehicle recalls and recall repairs – Roughly 1 in every 4 vehicles affected by a recall is never repaired, as regulators have previously reported. This means that, every year, nearly 13 million vehicles in the U.S. never receive the recall remedies necessary to fix faulty parts that may contribute to traffic crashes, injuries and deaths.
    • During this campaign, officials will help vehicle owners identify whether their vehicle is currently the subject of a recall while also sharing information about how owners can proactively check if their vehicle is every the target of a recall in the future.
  • Tire safety – The risk of tire blowouts increases in the summer, when heat can put extra strain on worn down tires.
    • Part of Safe Cars Save Lives will involve sharing information about proper tire maintenance and how to limit the risk of a blowout this summer (or anytime).
  • Child car seat safety – Using the appropriate car seats for children, based on age and weight criteria, and properly installing seats can be pivotal to keeping children safe in the event of a crash. Officials understand that this “is no easy task” and that misunderstandings and oversights related to child car seats can put kids at an unnecessary risk of injury if accidents occur.
    • During this campaign, officials will be providing free car seat checks, as well as distributing information about how to select and properly install child car seats.

Highlighting the importance of this new campaign, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has explained that:

Summer road trip season is in full swing and we want car owners to stay safe on their travels and in their daily lives… We’re hitting the pavement and rolling up our sleeves to bring free safety checks to consumers because we believe that Safe Cars Save Lives.

Similarly, NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind has noted that:

We want to show people how simple it can be to take safety into their own hands. Taking a few minutes to run a safety check on your car, tires or car seats could help prevent a crash and save a life.

What do you think about this new vehicle safety campaign? Tell us your opinions on Facebook & Google+.

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in a car crash or any type of traffic collision, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights and recovery options. For well over two decades, our lawyers have been committed to protecting the rights of injured people and helping them succeed in their financial recovery.

Call us at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, your potential case, and how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

Dangerous Drug News: FDA Strengthens Warnings for Levaquin Antibiotics

FDA Strengthens Warnings for Levaquin Antibiotics

A certain class of antibiotics used to treat serious bacterial infections has recently become the focus of a strong public warning issued by regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

These antibiotics – known as fluoroquinolones and sold under various brand names (including Levaquin) – have been linked to “disabling and potentially permanent side effects,” as regulators have explained.

That’s why FDA officials are now warning that fluoroquinolone antibiotics should only be used for patients who have no other treatment options because the potential for “serious side effects generally outweigh the benefits” of taking these drugs.

Dr. Edward Cox, a research director at the FDA, has pointed out that:

Fluoroquinolones [like Levaquin] have risks and benefits that should be considered very carefully… It’s important that both health care providers and patients are aware of both the risks and benefits of fluoroquinolones and make an informed decision about their use.

Revealing more about this new FDA warning – and what it can mean for people battling serious bacterial infections, below, we have answered some commonly asked questions about the warnings and risks associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

The Risks Linked to Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics: FAQs

Q – What are the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics?

A – To date, medical research and patient reports have indicated that taking fluoroquinolones can be associated with a significantly higher risk of developing severe and potentially irreversible side effects, including (but possibly not limited to):

  • Nerve damage
  • Tendon and joint injuries
  • Muscle damage.

According to the FDA, “these side effects can occur hours to weeks after exposure.”

Q – When are these antibiotics typically prescribed?

A – This class of drugs is generally reserved for the treatment of severe bacterial infections, including:

  • Acute bacterial sinusitis
  • Acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis
  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infections.

Although fluoroquinolones may have been a go-to treatment in the past, however, the FDA is now urging doctors to explore any and all other treatment options before prescribing these drugs (due to their potentially serious risks).

Q – Has the FDA issued previous warnings about Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones?

A – Yes. Since 2011, the FDA has issued at least a handful of warnings regarding the possible risks linked to this group of drugs.

The most recent FDA warning for these medications was released this past May, when regulators announced that they were requiring labeling updates for fluoroquinolones as they continued to investigate the possible dangers associated with these medications.

Q – What should I do if I’m currently taking one of these types of antibiotics?

A – Consult your doctor immediately to find out if there may be a safer alternative treatment for your condition.

Get More Answers Now: Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been harmed after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic or any risky/dangerous drug, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights and recovery options.

Since 1993, our lawyers have been dedicated to helping injured people protect their rights and interests as they pursue the justice – and the financial recoveries – they deserve for their injuries and losses.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

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