Tragedy struck late on Labor Day in Richland county. Unfortunately, a weekend that should be a time of celebration and fun with family and friends so often turns into a nightmare because of an untimely traffic death.
According to WLTX, There was a multi-car wreck Monday, September 7th, 2020 at 10:40 pm. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that three cars were traveling eastbound on I-20 when one car, a 2015 Nissan Altima, slowed down at the SC-277 interchange. The car behind the slower car, a 2012 Dodge Avenger, couldn’t stop in time and hit the back of the first car. The Altima then careened into the far right lane and was hit by a 2018 Ford Fiesta.
All three drivers were wearing their seat belts. The driver of the Fiesta had no injuries. The driver of the Avenger was injured but the injuries are not expected to be life-threatening. And, unfortunately, the driver of the Altima was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
We are thankful all three drivers had seatbelts on. Seatbelt use saves many lives.
10 Tips to Prevent Car Accidents
There are things drivers can do to help prevent accidents. We want to help everyone avoid the terrible difficulty, pain, expense, and hassle of dealing with being in a motor vehicle accident.
Our Driving Safety Tips
- Leave plenty of space between your car and the car ahead of you so you have time to break in case something unexpected happens.
- Use your turn signals any time you are turning or changing lanes.
- Be sure all your lights work properly so other drivers can be aware of your intentions and whether you are braking or turning.
- Don’t pull out quickly in front of an oncoming vehicle, hoping they will slow down. They have the right-of-way.
- Avoid being distracted when driving. Avoid eating or drinking, touching or looking at your phone, or taking your eyes off the road.
- Avoid driving if you have had too much alcohol to drink or if you have taken a medication or drug that may cause drowsiness or danger when operating a motor vehicle.
- Avoid driving when drowsy. This can be as dangerous as driving under the influence.
- Expect other drivers to make mistakes or go through intersections or stop signs. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and what other drivers are doing.
- Avoid speeding as this often contributes to an increased risk of being in an accident.
- Don’t engage in road rage. Let the other driver go. It’s not worth getting in a wreck or being shot at to pursue someone who cut you off or pulled out in front of you.
If you do end up being seriously injured in a car wreck in South Carolina and someone else was at fault, please contact an experienced car accident attorney who can help you face the legal system and the other driver’s insurance company. You need someone to protect your rights and make sure you get all the compensation you deserve from your wreck for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages.
Looking for a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina?
At Burriss and Ridgeway, we have many years of experience with personal injury cases and car accidents. Let us put our experience, compassion, and knowledge in your corner.
Contact us today for a free consultation to see if we can help you.
We serve the entire state and have offices located in Lexington, Orangeburg, and Columbia, SC. We also may be able to arrange a virtual consultation or, in some cases, we may be able to come to you if needed.
For more information on preventing vehicle accidents, please see more tips from the National Safety Council.