In our last blog post, we discussed statistics that show South Carolina as one of the most dangerous states for drivers thanks to high rates of factors like careless driving. As if that weren’t troubling enough, statistics show that this could be the most dangerous month of the year, too.
October sees the highest number of fatal wrecks in this state, according to studies from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. And drivers headed to the beach can be at an especially high risk of getting into a catastrophic accident this month, as U.S. Highway 17 is reportedly the deadliest road in the state.
What this means for individuals
When people read statistics like these, it can be easy to dismiss or overlook how they affect us on an individual level. Some drivers think it’s good to know but assume that nothing can be done to prevent a car accident.
This is not exactly true, though. There are ways to stay safe on the roads and avoid an accident.
Pedestrians, for instance, can put away their phones and take out their ear buds to stay alert on roads known to be a threat to people’s safety. Bicyclists can also ramp up their focus and awareness on dangerous roads and during times when the risk of car and/or trucking accidents is particularly high.
Motorists can act similarly by prioritizing safe driving habits like avoiding distractions and wearing their seat belts. It might also be an option to avoid driving during potentially dangerous times like rush hour and late at night.
Know your rights as a victim
If you are injured in an accident caused by a driver who fails to take these and other precautions to prevent an accident, then knowing your rights and legal options will be crucial. You are not just a number or statistic; you are a person who has suffered as a result of someone else’s bad decisions, and you deserve to be fairly compensated for your damages. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about how we can help when your or a loved on is involved in a car accident, 18-wheeler accident, or other vehicle accident.