Accidents on Highway 17 Concerning South Carolina Officials

The community is starting to get a little concerned, after three fatal accidents happened within three months of each other in Horry County. The first one, according to WMBF News, happened on Highway 17 just north of Highway 554. Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) report that the driver crossed over the center median and slammed into a van that was heading southbound. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while five of his passengers were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
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During a second accident, an 18-year-old driver was hit on the same roadway just in front of the Old Time Pottery store. She also died on scene. And just 2 days after that accident, a motorcyclist was killed while driving by the Ocean Lakes Campground.

Our Myrtle Beach car accident lawyers understand that some residents might see these accidents as just that — accidents — but there are others who say that there need to be some changes made along this road to make it safer for all.

“I’ve got a feeling speed is a big thing here…It’s really dangerous and it’s really bad in the spring time and in the summer time. It’s very hectic here,” said Cindy Shamah, Beach Store Owner.

Shamah goes on to say that maybe there’s just a little too much scenery in the area, because drivers aren’t seeing the motorists come off of the little side roads. Some residents agree, saying that the scenery is creating a huge blind spot for drivers, especially when drivers are pulling on to the highway.

Others say that the problem is caused by irresponsible drivers, especially those who drink and driver, and by those who are only visiting the area and aren’t familiar with the roadways. Whatever it may be it needs to stop and official are looking into. There’s no telling when, or even if, there will be any change though.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 1,000 people who were killed in car accidents in the state of South Carolina in 2009. Most of these accidents happened in rural areas. Safety officials say that it’s the winding roads and the scenery that contributes to the risks of these accidents. There were close to 900 who were killed in car accidents in rural areas. The few left were killed in accidents in rural areas.

Of these fatalities, close to 700 were of passengers, with seat occupancy ranging from all seat positions. Only about 250 were wearing a seat belt when the accident happened. Close to 400 were not wearing a seat belt and the status of the rest of them is unknown.

In addition, close to 400 of these fatalities were the result of a traffic accident that involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol and another 340 were the result of a crash that involved a speeding driver.

Contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.

Additional Resources:

String of deadly accidents raises concern in Horry County, by Monique Blair, WMBF News
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Carolina Traffic Safety: Cell Phones Not to Blame for Your Poor Driving Habits, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 9, 2012

Carolina Car Accidents, Red Dots and Teen Drivers, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 11, 2012

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