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TEAL DAY 5K to benefit National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

TEAL DAY 5K to benefit

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

September 9th, 2017 7am-10am


Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. are hosting the second annual TEAL DAY 5k to help the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and women in our community gain helpful knowledge and resources about Ovarian Cancer.

Columbia, SC  2017-  Join Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. along with several other Community Sponsors in support of a fundraising event for The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

The mission of the NOCC is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer and to improve the quality of life for Survivors.

More than 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and over 14,000 women die from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in later stages, when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but by their families and the healthcare community.

There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer. The Pap test does not detect ovarian cancer. Until there is a screening test, the key to early diagnosis is awareness. The key to awareness is knowing the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer, and urging women to Take Early Action and Live®.

Through national programs and local NOCC chapter initiatives, the NOCC’s goal is to educate communities and increase awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The NOCC also provides information to assist newly-diagnosed patients, hope to Survivors, and support to caregivers. The NOCC is also committed to the advancement of ovarian cancer research.

Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. is committed to reaching women in communities nationwide who need vital information about this awful disease. We encourage you to join us. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women, families, and communities touched by ovarian cancer.

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I-95 Worst for Road Rage Incidents

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers: I-95 Worst for Road Rage IncidentsWhether it is because of economic improvement, lower gas prices, or other reasons, Americans are driving more, according to a Federal Highway Administration spokesman. Unfortunately, this also means there are more incidents of road rage, especially on busy roads like Interstate 95. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as angry and violent behaviors towards another motorist, typically stemming from aggressive driving. As aggressive driving escalates, road rage often manifests, leading to physical harm and fatalities.

Road Rage Incidents are Increasing

According to the FHA, I-95, the nation’s busiest highway, has been the scene of numerous road rage incidents over the past few months. Recently, in Florida, a car crash led to a fight between two drivers resulting in one person being stabbed to death. Less than a month later, a mother and son were cursed at and held at gunpoint in another road rage incident.  A few days later in Maryland, two people were arrested for pointing a gun at another motorist.

Road rage is a common cause of accidents in South Carolina as well. Most people have experienced frustration while driving, however road rage specifically refers to the manifestation of those feelings through aggressive and violent behaviors. Intentionally running into another vehicle, running a vehicle off the road, pulling over to engage in a fight, or drawing weapons are all examples of road rage.

How to Respond to Road Rage

It is prudent to avoid road rage whenever possible and to respond appropriately when confronted with it. Here are a few tips for responding to another driver’s road rage:

  • Remain calm
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Roll up your windows and lock your doors
  • Stay on well-lit roads and only pull over in populated areas if necessary
  • Write down a description of the driver and their vehicle
  • Call the police
  • File a police report and/or seek legal counsel

Legal Liability for Road Rage Incidents

Victims of road rage incidents may be able to hold perpetrators liable through criminal and civil causes of action, such as battery. One does not need to hit another person to be guilty of battery; any harmful or offensive contact with something near the person is sufficient. An example of battery during an incident of road rage is pounding on another driver’s car while someone is inside or near that car.

Those injured in road rage incidents may receive compensatory damages for medical bills and lost wages due to injuries or may be awarded punitive damages to punish the defendant and deter future bad actions. Victims may pursue criminal charges against the driver in a road rage incident or, if someone suffered fatal injuries due to someone else’s negligent or intentional actions, the victim’s survivors may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim to hold the person at fault civilly liable.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Victims of Road Rage

If you or your loved one was the victim of a road rage incident, contact a skilled Columbia car accident lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.. We are here to help victims and their families through the aftermath of road rage. For over three decades, our knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers have been representing clients in counties throughout South Carolina, including Columbia, Lexington County, Richland County, and Kershaw County. Contact us online or call us at 803-929-3600 for a free consultation.

MIT Distracted Driving Study

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers: MIT Distracted Driving StudyOver 40,000 people suffered fatal injuries in the United States last year, largely due to the increase of distracted driving. There has been an influx of phone usage in cars, likely to be the biggest contributor to fatal and debilitating accidents. Additional distractions while driving include eating, arguing with other passengers, or adjusting music on a device. Researchers are working to better understand how the human brain reacts to such hindrances, and how to use the resulting data to better prevent future car wrecks from occurring.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Age Lab and Touchstone Evaluations are receiving funding from major auto and tech players, such as Honda, Land Rover, Jaguar, Panasonic, and Google. This human factored engineering firm, based out of Michigan, aims to pinpoint how humans interact within their cars. The goal is to find and shape common behavior behind the wheel to decrease the likelihood of car accidents.

Newer model cars are stocked with an assortment of bells, whistles, and other divertissements. These flashy features, however, can cause interferences to driver attention, leading to fatal outcomes. Researchers are aiming to find ways on how to use these features to benefit drivers, not to distract and debilitate them. In 2012, a study was performed throughout six states on 2,600 vehicles, which were outfitted with cameras and sensors for one year. The resulting data provided an objective and detailed database of driving behavior. Many scientists researching accidents only look at footage four to five seconds prior to the crash. However, MIT Researchers decided to delve further and analyze accidents 20 seconds before they occur.


An engineer who studies driver behavior says that driver attention failure occurs long before a crash happens. It is crucial that drivers learn how to manage their situational awareness to prevent accidents. Lisa Angell, who previously worked for General Motors, but now heads Touchstone, says they are working towards putting an algorithm in place to capture human attention awareness. This data would help automakers develop better products to enhance cars with. Researchers tested one algorithm, AttenD, that has been used since 2009 to predict what drivers are doing up to 20 seconds before a crash occurs. It will be useful in developing and testing safer car dashboards.

Current divertissements in cars tend to distract, rather than aid the driver because they require attention to be diverted at inopportune moments. Improvements to instrument panel technology could include hard stops on car screens, which would prevent people from navigating through menus to pull up a play list when weather isn’t ideal and thus focus on the road. Another idea is for the screens to queue calls and texts, so notifications don’t come through when a vehicle is being operated, further reducing the likelihood of a driver being distracted.

It could take years for this technology to come into play, and in the meantime, car accidents from distracted driving are commonplace. Cell phone usage on the road has become rampant and a great deal of work needs to be done to find ways to reduce driver inattentiveness.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Understand Your Pain and Suffering

If you or a loved one has been in a car crash, a lifetime of debilitating injuries and financial suffering could ensue. At Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A., we have been dedicated for over three decades with helping our clients recover faster with the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Call one of our experienced Columbia car accident lawyers today at 800-531-9780 or contact us online for a consultation. With six convenient office locations throughout South Carolina, you can rely on us to ensure justice is served.

W. Hugh McAngus, Jr. Named President of The South Carolina Association for Justice

Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers: W. Hugh McAngus, Jr. Named President of The South Carolina Association for JusticeThe legal team at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. proudly extends our congratulations to a member of our legal team. Partner W. Hugh McAngus, Jr. has been named President of The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the state’s largest association of plaintiff lawyers. This prestigious honor means that Mr. McAngus will now lead South Carolina’s largest association of plaintiff lawyers.

SCAJ, which has more than 1,200 members, is the state’s leading advocate for matters related to justice and access to fairness under the law. The Association is vital to protecting the system of justice and it makes a big difference in the lives of many.

Mr. McAngus, who leads the firm’s Litigation team, brings a unique blend of legal experience and policy proficiency to this role. His primary area of practice involves trucking litigation, representing individuals who have been injured or whose family members were killed in accidents that involve commercial vehicles. Mr. McAngus also handles a wide variety of personal injury cases and wrongful death matters, including automobile accidents, nursing home negligence, product liability, premises liability, and more. He has won numerous outstanding victories for his clients. He has also served on the Membership and Underride Committees of the AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group.

To learn more about Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. or to speak to an attorney, please call 800-531-9780 or contact us online. One of our attorneys will be happy to answer all of your questions. We have six convenient offices located throughout South Carolina.

Jackhammer Syndrome

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Jackhammer SyndromeJackhammer syndrome, also known as “hand-arm vibration syndrome” or “HAVS,” is caused by continuous use of vibrating hand-held power tools.  Some symptoms of jackhammer syndrome include tingling and numbness in the arms and fingertips. Severe cases can lead to gangrene, requiring amputation of the affected limb or limbs. Individuals who use power tools on-the-job and suffer from jackhammer syndrome may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Jackhammer syndrome is a progressive health condition. Early symptoms can be intermittent and hard to identify as a serious problem. Common early signs of HAVS include a chilly sensation or numbness in the fingertips, and tingling or throbbing pain in the fingers. If these symptoms are ignored, chronic continuous exposure to vibrating hand-held tools can lead to permanent numbness and loss of dexterity. Sometimes, people develop a secondary medical condition where the fingers turn white in color. This is a very serious and irreversible condition known as “vibration white finger,” or “VWF.”  Those who suffer from VWF often require amputation of the limbs or fingers.

Who Is at Risk for HAVS?

Although anyone who uses vibrating power tools for long periods of time daily is at risk, some industries have statistically more workers affected by HAVS.  These include:

  • Agriculture/Farming
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Carpenters
  • Maintenance workers
  • Forestry/Log cutting
  • Metalworkers/Steelworkers

Those who use certain tools are also prone to developing HAVS. These tools include:

  • Sanders
  • Chain saws
  • Impact drills
  • Dental tools
  • Jackhammers
  • Pavement breakers
  • Air-powered wrenches

Employees who work in cold, damp environments and those who use tobacco are at an increased risk. Because tobacco constricts blood vessels, blood flow to the fingertips is reduced, increasing a person’s risk for developing HAVS. Also, improperly maintained tools can cause vibration levels to be much higher than tools that have been properly taken care of. The higher levels of vibration can put users at increased risk.

How to Prevent Jackhammer Syndrome

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulates worker health and safety, however OSHA does not have specified standards of vibration that are safe for users of handheld tools. OSHA maintains that this is because vibrations are difficult to measure, particularly because they can vary so much from tool to tool. Tool suppliers are required to disclose vibration data in other countries so that the information is available online.  Do your research prior to purchasing or using a tool, ensuring that your tool meets or exceeds standards of acceptability set in other countries.

In addition, employees should limit exposure by taking quarter hour breaks every hour, alternate between use of vibrating and non-vibrating tools, keep hands warm and dry, wear gloves if it is cold, and use vibration isolators and dampers whenever possible.

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Employees with Repetitive Motion Injuries

Jackhammer syndrome is irreversible. Affected employees may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, including medical expenses, lost wages, and more. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A., call us at 803-929-3600 or contact us online. With offices across South Carolina, we represent injured workers 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 the state.

South Carolina Has Worst Rural Roads in the Nation

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers Report South Carolina Has Worst Rural Roads in the NationSouth Carolina’s rural roads are the most fatal in the nation according to TRIP, a nonprofit transportation research group. TRIP’s study, titled, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” reports on various transportation challenges facing the nation, including traffic safety, access and connectivity, and deficient road conditions. The study lists 25 states that led the nation in the number of rural traffic fatalities, with South Carolina in first place.

Rural vs. Urban Road Fatalities

A disproportionate share of fatalities occurs on rural roads compared to the amount of traffic they carry. The fatality rate for rural, non-interstate roads is approximately two and a half times higher than all other roads. TRIP’s study revealed that in South Carolina, almost four times more fatal car accidents occurred on rural roads than on interstates.

One reason for the large number of fatalities on rural roads is the lack of roadway features that interstates often have, such as guardrails and rumble strips. Also, there may be longer emergency response times, either because emergency responders must travel further to reach the site of an accident or because rural car wrecks are not reported as quickly as interstate accidents. To make South Carolina’s rural roads safer, the AAA Foundation for Safety President suggests implementing updated guardrails, wider shoulders, and rumble strips. She believes that these improvements may help drivers self-correct when they veer off the road.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman agrees with her suggestions, noting that most traffic accidents are the result of either distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence, and failure to yield the right of way. He explains that the most common wreck on secondary roads in South Carolina is a vehicle that veers off the right side of the road, onto the shoulder, and loses control. On rural roads, the consequences of this and other errors are magnified due to rural road conditions, such as more driveways, farm equipment on the roads, and vehicles traveling in different directions at different speeds.

Efforts to Improve South Carolina’s Rural Roads

Earlier this year, the South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary reported that 54 percent of South Carolina’s pavements were rated poor and that 6,812 crashes resulting in fatal injuries occurred on rural roads. In response to this crisis, the South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act of 2017 was passed. This new law raises the state’s gas tax and vehicle sales tax to help pay for road improvements.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has also implemented the Rural Roads Safety Program, which will facilitate the repair and upgrade of dangerous roads with high numbers of fatal and serious injury crashes around the state, notably sections of U.S. 701, S.C. 9, S.C. 22 and S.C. 90.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Those Injured on South Carolina’s Rural Roads

If you have been injured in a car accident on South Carolina’s rural roads, contact a knowledgeable Columbia car accident lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least nine out of 10 car crashes in the U.S. every year are caused by driver error. If your accident was caused by a negligent motorist, we can explain your best options for pursuing financial recovery. Contact us online or call us at 800-531-9780 for a free consultation. We represent accident victims in Columbia, Lexington County, Richland County, and Kershaw County, South Carolina.

Hair Follicle Testing for Truck Drivers

Columbia Truck Accident Lawyers Discuss Hair Follicle Testing for Truck DriversAll truck drivers must undergo pre-employment screening for drug and alcohol use as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA.) Currently, the mandatory test is done with a urine sample, but six major trucking companies have asked the FMCSA to allow them to use hair follicle testing instead, indicating that the test is more accurate.

J.B. Hunt Transport, Werner Enterprises Inc., Dupre Logistics Inc., Knight Transportation Inc., Maverick Transportation, and Schneider National Carriers are the companies that want an exemption to discontinue pre-employment urine testing in favor of hair analysis. Hair follicle testing is controversial. Supporters say that it is more effective at detecting habitual drug and alcohol users because substances consumed within a few hours of the test will show up, as compared to urinalysis which only detects consumption that takes place within a few days prior to testing. The Vice President of Safety and Loss Prevention for Schneider reports that they performed side-by-side hair and urine testing and found that hair testing of applicants resulted in a positive rate four times higher than urinalysis.

National Workrights Institute founder and President, Lewis Maltby, says that hair testing is not a good option because it is unreliable. While any drugs ingested do show up in hair follicles, the test cannot distinguish between drugs present in the hair and outside contaminants in the air that the donor was exposed to. In other words, external contaminants can result in a positive test result although the donor did not use the drug. Moreover, Schneider reports that it is extremely difficult to get the hair surface clean enough to guarantee there will be no false positives. Darker and more porous hair retains drugs at greater rates and a federal appeals court found the test scientifically unreliable and discriminatory in a claim brought by African-American police officers in Boston.

The six trucking companies who made the request are concerned that drivers who cannot pass the hair follicle drug test will apply to a different company, resulting in a threat to the general driving public. However, the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights organizations are against hair follicle testing for truckers out of concern for the real motive behind the request. It may be that they are doing so to promote themselves as safer companies, while companies that either cannot afford hair follicle testing, or do not believe it is reliable, will be portrayed as both unsafe and unconcerned about safety.

Thus far, the FMSCA has not issued a ruling on whether it will allow the exemption from pre-employment urine testing in favor of hair follicle testing. Driving a 26,000-pound truck while impaired by drugs or alcohol is a threat to drivers everywhere.

Columbia Truck Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Fight for Injured Victims of Truck Accidents

At Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A., we have more than two decades of experience helping people recover financial compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident due to someone else’s negligence you may be eligible for compensation. Call us at 800-531-9780 to speak with an experienced Columbia truck accident lawyer about your legal options. You can also complete our online contact form. An initial consultation is free so schedule an appointment now at one of our six convenient office locations throughout South Carolina.

CPAP Machine May Curb Drowsy Driving

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Fight for Victims of Drowsy Driving AccidentsNew research from the Cleveland Clinic shows that instances of drowsy driving can be reduced in sleep apnea sufferers who follow nighttime treatment guidelines. Sleep apnea affects up to 25 million American adults, meaning roughly one in five Americans has a mild case, and one in fifteen is affected with moderate to severe sleep apnea. This condition causes the upper airways to collapse frequently while sleeping, resulting in interrupted sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially classified insufficient sleep as a public health epidemic. It follows that drowsy driving is recognized as an important public health risk.

Drowsy driving is very common in people with sleep apnea as a leading cause of fatality. Statistics from 2014 show that 6,400 traffic-related fatalities in the United States were caused by sleep deprivation, accounting for 21 percent of the total fatalities. Many think of drowsy driving as falling asleep at the wheel, but it only takes a second of inattention at high speeds to cause a catastrophic accident. Mild sleep apnea sufferers experience excessive daytime sleepiness, also. In Canada, physicians are required by law to notify the motor vehicle authorities if a patient is suffering from sleep apnea. In the U.S., only two states, Texas and California, have a similar regulation.

CPAP Treatment

The first line of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea sufferers is often a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Patients wear it at night to prevent sleep apnea as it provides increased air pressure in the throat. Cleveland Clinic researchers saw a significant improvement in reported car accidents and near-miss accidents when patients used the CPAP machine.

The results of the Cleveland study were presented at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Questionnaires from almost 2,000 obstructive sleep apnea sufferers were analyzed, focusing on incidents of drowsy driving before and after CPAP machine use. Dr. Harneet Walia was the lead author of the study stating, “There was a significant reduction in the drowsy driving episodes and this reduction was more pronounced in patients who were CPAP adherent.” Those who used the machine regularly in compliance with the treatment guidelines had the greatest improvement.

According to Dr. Walia, obstructive sleep apnea should be treated by a medical professional because it not only affects driving behavior, but can result in cardiovascular conditions as well. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, pauses in breathing while sleeping, and daytime exhaustion. An overnight sleep study is effective at diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Fight for Victims of Drowsy Driving Accidents

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by drowsy driving, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Call Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for an appointment with an experienced Columbia car accident lawyer who will review your case for free. Our committed team of attorneys will make sure you receive all available financial compensation and medical treatment. Call 800-531-9780 today or contact us online. We have six convenient locations serving residents throughout the state of South Carolina.

Workers and Lead Exposure

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Fight for Workers Suffering from Lead Exposure Lead is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth’s crust and in our water, soil, and air. Because of its durability and versatility, it has been used from as far back as 4000 B.C. to create tools, paints, and building supplies. Lead exposure over time, even in small amounts, is dangerous. It is especially important that workers who are exposed to lead on a regular basis are sufficiently protected on the job to prevent serious health problems.

How Lead Exposure Affects the Body

The World Health Organization classifies lead as one of the ten highly toxic substances that poses a major public health concern. Lead accumulates in the human body and is stored in the bones and teeth, and is distributed to the brain, liver, and other organs over time. There is no safe level of lead concentration and as exposure increases, so does the severity of symptoms.

Some of the signs of prolonged lead exposure in adults include headaches, fatigue, memory loss, high blood pressure, anemia, and other neurological and reproductive problems. Lead poisoning is extremely serious and is caused by breathing in or ingesting lead. Severe lead poisoning can cause coma, seizures, and result in fatality.

The Data on Lead Exposure

Workers in industries such as construction and manufacturing are at a greater risk for lead exposure because they often work with equipment and substances that contain lead. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 1.6 million workers in the U.S. are potentially exposed to lead on the job. In California alone, the state Department of Health found that 6,000 workers tested between 2012 and 2014 had elevated levels of lead in their blood.

OSHA established an action plan for employers with workers exposed to lead above the permissible level. Many of these employers work in industries such as painting, demolition, plumbing, bridge work, and building renovation. OSHA’s action plan is designed to not only protect workers during their shifts, but to also prevent lead from getting on their body and clothing.

The action plan requires that employers test lead levels in the air; conduct regular blood tests for lead levels on workers; provide protective clothing and equipment;  and provide showers, hand-washing stations, and changing areas for workers to use after their shifts. Workers exposed to lead should never bring shoes, clothing, and equipment home from work. If they must for any reason, they should be kept in a sealed bag separate from other belongings and always washed separately. These measures not only protect workers, but also their family members at home as pregnant women and children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead exposure. Employers should also install systems to control dust and fumes containing lead from circulating.

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Fight for Workers Suffering from Lead Exposure 

Workers who have been injured in a workplace accident or from lead exposure may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation benefits are designed to cover an ill or injured worker’s medical costs and lost income while they are unable to work. Our highly-experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will fight for you so that you can focus on your recovery. Call 800-531-9780 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients throughout South Carolina at our Charleston, Aiken, Rock Hill, Florence, Sumter, and Columbia offices.

South Carolina Ranked Fifth Most Unsafe State

Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Those Who Are InjuredThe National Safety Council’s report, “State of Safety: A State-by-State Report,” reveals that with over 146,000 fatalities each year, fatalities in the United States are at an all-time high. The NSC investigated state actions and policies pertaining to the reduction of risk for residents and has produced a report containing information gathered over the course of a year. In addition to being ranked the fifth most unsafe state overall, South Carolina received an F for workplace safety and home and community safety, and a D for road safety.

Through leadership, research, education, and advocacy, the NSC has been the leading safety advocate, preventing unintentional injuries for over 100 years. The most recent report sheds light on whether states are acting and implementing policies to support the NSC’s mission of reducing and eliminating preventable fatalities at work, in homes and communities, and on the road.

Preventable Deaths at Work

Over 40.6 million serious, preventable injuries occur each year, many of which happen in the workplace. In 2015, almost four and a half million work injuries and over four thousand work-related fatalities occurred in the United States. The NSC has partnered with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop the best practices and compliance tools that will promote workplace safety. The NSC offers workplace training, first aid training, defensive driver training, and an annual safety event to help prevent instances of work injury.

Preventable Deaths in Homes and Communities

Unexpected tragedies can happen at any time. The NSC urges people to be aware of potential hazards, especially those associated with recreational activities, and to take safety precautions. These are some of the most common causes of unintentional injury and fatalities in homes and communities:

  • Poisoning
  • Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • Falls
  • Choking and Suffocation
  • Drowning
  • Fires and Burns
  • Natural and Environmental Incidents

Preventable Deaths on the Road

According to the NSC, approximately 40,000 people suffered fatal injuries last year in motor vehicle crashes. Some of these people drive as part of their jobs and if these workers do not receive proper training and safety management, they are at an increased risk of suffering a work injury or being involved in a fatal car accident. The NSC reports that the three main causes of fatalities on the road are alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving.

How States Ranked in the Report

Not a single state had earned an A, and 26 states received either a D or an F for overall safety. South Carolina was given an overall grade of F, with 34 percent of workplace safety indicators, 15 percent of home and community safety indicators, and 40 percent of road safety indicators in place. The NSC advises that all states should be doing more to create an environment in which safe practices can thrive.

Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Those Who Are Injured

If you were injured or you lost a loved one in a preventable accident due to another’s negligence, contact a knowledgeable Columbia personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.. Our lawyers have decades of experience successfully resolving various types of personal injury cases and we will vigorously advocate for your right to justice and compensation. Our offices are conveniently located in Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Aiken, Florence, and Sumter, South Carolina. We represent clients throughout the state, including Columbia, Lexington County, Richland County, and Kershaw County. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call us at 800-531-9780 or 803-929-3600.

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