Police announced that charges were brought against a woman involved in an accident with a motorcycle that left one person dead. The incident was reported by the South Carolina Highway patrol to have happened around 7:40 p.m., April 18, in Garden City. A motorcycle was traveling north on Highway 17 when a Mercury car crossed into its path. The operator of the car was attempting to turn onto Highway 17 from Cypress Avenue at the time of the incident. The motorcycle operator was forced to lay the motorcycle down hard in an attempt to avoid colliding with the car.
As South Carolina drivers know, taking their eyes off the road may lead to an accident. New research published by Liberty Mutual shows that the risk is due not just to the time looking at something or someone else but the time it takes a driver to refocus on the road. Earlier, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggested that turning one's gaze from the roadway should be limited to no more than two seconds. However, this recent study suggested that the issue is more complicated.
In South Carolina, one person was killed and five people were injured in a deadly collision involving a church van on March 24. According to news reports, the accident happened in Loris when a van from Faith Apostolic Church in Nakina drove through a stop sign and crashed into a Chevy pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 747 and Highway 9 Bypass. Emergency crews from South Carolina Highway Patrol, Horry County Police Department, Horry County Fire and Loris Fire responded to the scene.
Drowsy driving is especially dangerous to both the tired drivers as well as others on the road in South Carolina. If people who are sleep-deprived fail to stop driving and rest but instead drift off to sleep, they are more likely to be involved in catastrophic or fatal accidents.
Police arrested a 29-year-old South Carolina man in connection with a Feb. 26 hit-and-run accident in Charleston that resulted in the death of a bicyclist. Authorities believe that the accused man was drunk at the time of the accident and have filed DUI charges against him.
People in South Carolina could be interested in the causes, symptoms and treatment options for an injury known as whiplash. An injury that has taken on a somewhat negative association over the years, it is now sometimes referred to as a hyper-extension injury, cervical strain or cervical sprain. Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden violent jolt in one direction followed by one in the other direction. It most often afflicts passengers and drivers in motor vehicles when they become involved in a rear-end collision, but it can also occur during a workplace injury, a sports injury or in a fall.
South Carolina authorities said alcohol may have played a role in a wrong-way crash that claimed the lives of four people on Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County on Feb. 11. The accident occurred at approximately 11 p.m. near Exit 68.
A 61-year-old man who exited his vehicle to inspect the damage it sustained in an auto accident was struck and killed by another car on Interstate 77 in Fort Mill on Jan. 17. The crash happened around 1 a.m., according to the South Carolina State Highway Patrol.
South Carolina drivers and passengers might be surprised to learn that every 51 minutes someone in the United States dies because of an auto accident involving an impaired driver. Car accidents caused by alcohol-impaired drivers comprise 31 percent of the nation's traffic-related fatalities. A large number of children are among the victims, some who are riding with an impaired driver. There are, however, some effective measures to prevent injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol have reported that one person lost their life and several others suffered injuries in a two-vehicle collision in Lexington County during the early morning hours of Nov. 25. The SCHP is being aided in their investigation by the Lexington County Coroner's Office. The car accident took place in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 at approximately 5:00 a.m.