Over the weekend, nine people died in traffic-related accidents in Rock Hill and elsewhere throughout South Carolina, according to Herald Online. Included in the fatalities were two teen girls and a man who thought it would be a good idea to drive with a beer between his legs. Car accidents don’t pick and choose favorites, everyone’s at risk. All travelers are urged to practice safe, alert and cautious driving habits to help to avoid becoming a victim of one of these fatal accidents.
The first of the accidents happened just before 9:00 p.m. on Friday, killing a 41-year-old man from Piedmont and a 14-year-old accident in Anderson County. On Saturday, a man from Dorchester died in Lexington County just before 4:00 a.m.
Our Rock Hill injury attorneys understand that two teen girls, of Beaufort High School, were killed on Saturday night as well. A third girl was injured in the same car accident on St. Helena Island. It all happened when the car that the three of them were in swerved off of Seaside Road, flipped and hit a tree. This accident happened just before 8:00 a.m. This accident is still being investigated and a cause has not been determined, says Lance Cpl. Brent Kelly. Officials determined that all three motorists were wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, but it wasn’t enough to save the two.
Later that night, an accident in McCormick County killed two men from Greenwood.
The next morning, a 46-year-old from Rock Hill died after his vehicle ran off the road, into a road sign and into some trees near the roadway. Law enforcement officials say he veered the car off the right hand side of the road, slammed into multiple objects and was entrapped in his vehicle once it came to a rest. Officials have not determined if weather conditions contributed to this accident.
There were two more fatal accidents reported later on Sunday, one in Dorchester and one in Florence County, one in which an alcohol-impaired driver crossed over the center line of the roadway and head on into an oncoming vehicle. Officials discovered that this driver navigated his way down the roadway with a beer in between his legs and a number of other cold beers in the car.
In 2009, there were nearly 1,000 car accident fatalities reported in South Carolina. Most of these traffic accidents happened in rural areas, which is no surprise considering that there are so many winding roadways within our state. Of these fatalities, less than 20 of them occurred in urban areas.
Of the 2009 traffic accident-related fatalities:
-About 675 were passenger fatalities.
-Less than 250 of these passengers were restrained by the use of a seat belt
-More than 380 passengers were not restrained.
-More than 375 fatalities involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.
-Nearly 350 fatalities involved a speeding driver.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident in Rock Hill or elsewhere, contact South Carolina injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices to set up a free appointment today. Call 800-887-1965.
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