It is shaping up to be a tragic year for Lexington County when it comes to traffic fatalities. The county leads the state in traffic deaths. Compared to the same time last year, twice as many people have been fatally injured in wrecks in 2018.
In an effort to raise awareness of these heart-breaking car accident statistics, the Lexington County coroner is having the roadways marked with crosses, as a tribute to each of the victims lost in a fatal crash.
Thirty-four people have already perished this year; last year at this time the county had experienced a total of 17 deaths and did not reach 34 until the end of September. Moreover, the so-called “100 Deadly Days of Summer” have not even begun. This is the name state police organizations across the country use to refer to the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day during which more people, especially teen drivers, are fatally injured in motor vehicle accidents.
Common Causes of Injuries and Fatalities in Car Accidents
Many car accidents, and their resulting injuries or fatalities, are preventable. The Department of Public Safety reports that of the 234 people who have died this year on South Carolina roads, almost half failed to use a seat belt. A mother and child were fatally injured in Lexington County in March when their car hit a tractor-trailer head on. The three-year-old toddler was traveling unrestrained in the vehicle and became the youngest fatality victim this year.
While not wearing a seat belt may result in injury or even death, there are plenty of other factors that go into car accidents. Besides not using a seat belt, other causes of crashes include:
- Speeding: Driving too fast gives a driver less time to react in an emergency situation. A speeding vehicle also requires more time to stop, and is therefore less likely to be able to avoid a crash.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: Alcohol and drugs slow reaction times and impair a driver’s judgement, leading to errors that cause car accidents.
- Distracted driving: This includes anything that diverts the attention of the driver from the road such as eating, grooming, using the radio or navigation system, and cell phone use.
A Rash of Deaths Since April
In the last two years, Lexington County was respectively seventh and sixth in the state rankings for motor vehicle fatalities; however, a spike since April put it at number one this year.
Spartanburg County is number two in state rankings, with 28 fatalities; this is followed by 24 each in Greenville County and Charleston County.
Consider these statistics, before you get behind the wheel.
Lexington County Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Recover Compensation for Victims of Car Accidents
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Talk to an experienced Lexington County car accident lawyer from Chappell Smith & Ardern. Our dedicated legal team will obtain justice and fight for compensation for you whether your case involves a fender bender or wrongful death. Contact us online or call 803-929-3600 or toll free at 866-881-8623 to schedule a free consultation at one of our six offices.
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