SC Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise

South Carolina Accident Attorneys

After a 30-year decline, the number of traffic fatalities in South Carolina is back on the rise. The Department of Public Safety reports that 593 people passed away between January and September 2011 – twenty more people than this time last year.

For the most part, the accidents involved automobile drivers or passengers. However, nearly 28% of the accidents caused the deaths of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists.

Greenville County leads South Carolina in traffic fatalities. Authorities said the good weather and high gas prices are to blame for SC residents choosing alternative transportation.

Tom Crosby, vice president for AAA for South Carolina, said he believes the state’s approach to traffic safety is at fault. Crosby claimed the state’s history of eased driving regulations. The state has not yet limited drivers’ cell phone use, for example.

“I’m not surprised when fatalities rise in South Carolina. The state has a certain appetite for traffic lawlessness under the false guise of personal liberty,” Cosby said in an interview with The State. He added, “That’s a big reason why South Carolina has some of the highest road deaths per mile in the country.”

By: South Carolina Accident Attorney Pete Strom

Automobile accidents can result in a variety of injuries, whether the accident was minor or traumatic. It’s difficult to find jurors who have not been involved, directly or indirectly, in some type of automobile accident. These experiences taint the jurors’ views of car accidents, and you can expect that the insurance company will try to persuade jurors against plaintiffs’ claims.

An insurance company’s job is to make money, in part by paying as little money as possible to an automobile accident victim.

The insurance adjuster assigned to your case will likely want to obtain a statement from you soon after the accident. While the adjuster may initially seem concerned about your welfare, you can expect that your statement will be used to minimize your claim.

Don’t let the insurance company try to settle your claim for less than it is worth. Insurance companies are focused on making money, not ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Although the insurance adjuster may push you to settle your claim, you need to make sure that you finish treating, and understand the full extent of, your injuries prior to even discussing settlement. You also need to know whether you will need future treatment, or suffer from any future impairment before you even consider settlement.

Our car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom, and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills; lost wages and future earnings; your pain and suffering; and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death.

Contact the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and how we can help.

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