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Distracted driving a serious hazard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that in 2015, 3,477 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving. The same year also saw 391,000 people injured in similar crashes. With the development of new technologies, distracted driving is becoming more prevalent across South Carolina and the rest of the U.S., which is why it's important to raise awareness of it and keep others from engaging in it.

The signs and symptoms of soft tissue injuries

When an individual strains a muscle or pulls a tendon, it is considered to be a soft tissue injury. South Carolina residents and others are most likely to sustain such injuries in a car crash. Soft tissue injuries are generally difficult to diagnose with an X-ray, so it may be hours or days before a person realizes that anything is wrong. Common symptoms of a soft tissue injury include pain, swelling and bleeding.

Distracted driving remains a serious road safety issue

The alarming rise in car accidents in South Carolina and throughout the country has been blamed by some on the popularity of smartphones. However, safety experts say that the entertainment and information systems in many new cars can be just as distracting for drivers. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports suggests that a worrying number of motorists are unconcerned about these dangers. More than half of the drivers polled by the consumer information company admitted to regularly using their cellphones while behind the wheel to send text messages, watch videos and browse the internet.

IIHS study: collision avoidance systems save lives

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just published a study that should be of interest to drivers in South Carolina, and elsewhere in the nation. The study indicates that collision avoidance systems, such as blind spot alerts and lane departure warning systems, actually do help in saving lives.

Timelines to keep in mind when reporting a car crash

South Carolina motorists generally dread dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. No matter how carefully one strives to remain a safe driver, everyone is at risk from distracted, drunk and other dangerous or negligent drivers. Auto accidents can cause severe injuries and ongoing medical problems as well as major property damage, but after a crash, those aren't the only things an accident victim has to worry about. Knowing how and when to report a car accident to the appropriate parties can be important.

How teen motorcyclists can stay safe

Motorcycles have a 35 percent higher risk for fatal accidents than cars. The risk only grows greater when teens are the ones operating. In South Carolina and the rest of the U.S., the majority of teens opt for sports bikes; these account for more collisions than any other motorcycle model. Teen motorcyclists file 5.7 more accident claims than those between the ages of 35 and 50.

Major causes of car accidents

Many South Carolina drivers are confident in their driving skills. However, the number of deadly car accidents continues to increase. During 2015 alone, for example, the number of crash fatalities rose 8 percent, the highest jump in 50 years. The figures are even higher for 2016 as an estimated 40,000 people were killed in car accidents.

December 2017 is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

South Carolina residents are likely aware that the number of road users killed in drunk driving accidents increases each year during the holiday season. The White House said that action was needed to reduce this annual surge in road deaths in a Nov. 30 proclamation, and December 2017 was designated as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to promote better awareness of the issue.

Concussions: more common than some think

Every year, more than 250,000 people in South Carolina and across the U.S. are hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries with about 50,000 dying from their injuries. Concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injury and are defined mainly by the neurological deficit that results from them. They can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head or even by vigorous shaking.

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