Unfortunately, there were two multi-vehicle collisions on I-26 around the Columbia area going in the eastbound direction Friday morning. Then two additional crashes happened that were related to the second one.
According to the Lexington Ledger and WISTV, one accident happened around 4:30am near Chapin at mile-marker 89. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that a tree fell across the interstate resulting in several vehicles hitting the tree at very high rates of speed. The speed limit in that area is 70mph. Then other vehicles hit the first vehicles in a chain reaction.
Right lanes were blocked due to these accidents near the Columbia Avenue, Chapin exit (Exit 91). At this time, thankfully no major injuries are reported.
Also according to the Lexington Ledger, there was an accident involving six vehicles on I-26 going eastbound near the Augusta Road, West Columbia exit on I-26 around 6:00am. All eastbound lanes of the interstate were blocked.
A few minutes after this second accident occurred, there was another wreck on Augusta Road, itself, near the I-26 overpass.
Then a fourth accident was reported on I-26 between the Hwy 278 and Augusta Road exits because a vehicle didn’t slow down in time for the stopped traffic from the crash on I-26 near West Columbia.
Let’s keep South Carolina roadways safe!
We’d like to share a few general safe-driving tips to try to help everyone stay safe on our South Carolina roadways.
- Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Give yourself enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you that you have time to react if they must brake suddenly.
- Drive more slowly in hazardous conditions like fog, rain, ice, etc…
- Always wear your seat belt every time you are in a motor vehicle.
- Avoid distracted driving.
- Be aware that when one accident occurs, you need to focus even more on your own driving and the cars around you to avoid a second accident because of the distraction of the first one.
Some of the most common forms of distracted driving include texting, talking on the phone, eating or drinking, talking with passengers, helping a young child in the backseat, looking at the GPS, fiddling with the radio or heat/AC controls, or even trying to put on makeup while driving.
To help get everyone safely from point A to point B on our roadways, we want to encourage no distracted driving. If you get a phone call or text message, please wait until you can safely park somewhere to respond. Ideally, don’t plan to eat meals in the car while you are driving. Eat in the restaurant’s parking lot.
When talking with passengers, keep your eyes and attention on the road and your surroundings instead of looking backward or sideways to see the people you are talking to in the car. If a child needs your attention, pull over safely somewhere before attempting to help the child while driving.
Please don’t ever try to comb your hair, apply makeup, read a book, post to social media, shave, or otherwise multitask while driving. Your life is not worth the risk. The lives of others are not worth the risk.
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured by a careless or distracted driver in South Carolina?
If someone was severely hurt in a car wreck in South Carolina because someone else was negligent or at-fault, the victim needs to reach out for legal counsel and representation right away. We don’t want anyone to try to face insurance companies or the legal system alone. Those who attempt to do so often end up forfeiting all of the compensation they could have received for their injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
At Burriss and Ridgeway, we service the entire state of SC, specializing in personal injury cases like car and truck accidents. Let us put our experience, knowledge, and expertise to work for you to be sure you get all the money you are entitled to by law.
Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
We have offices located in Lexington, Orangeburg, and Columbia, SC ready to serve you. We may also be able to meet with you at your home or online in a virtual consultation.