Motorists and pedestrians face the risk of injury from other cars and trucks. However, vehicles that transport students also may pose dangers to the occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians in addition to their own occupants.
South Carolina is one of a few states without an outright ban on texting while driving. As a result, drivers in the state face inconsistent rules on distracted driving and penalties, depending on which county and municipality they are driving in. The inconsistent laws and uncertainty can have a lethal impact.
Operating motorcycles has become a public health "concern" according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reported that between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists died and an estimated 1.2 million persons were treated in emergency departments for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries.
Speeding drivers pose a risk to motorists and pedestrians and is a major reason why a car accident happens every 10 seconds somewhere in the United States.
A recent blog discussed local efforts to prohibit drivers from using cell phones and texting because South Carolina is one of three states that have no general prohibition against motorists using electronic devices. While governments have tried to address this problem in the last four years, distracted driving and its dangers persist and may be growing.
South Carolina and Montana are the only states that have not imposed any limits on using a cellphone or texting while driving. In the absence of any statewide ban, seven municipalities in South Carolina have taken the lead by prohibiting texting while driving.
Holiday weekends can be fatal for motorists. In South Carolina, the 2013 Memorial Day weekend was the deadliest that the state has suffered in three years.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stated the obvious when it reported that good vision is part of good driving health. In fact, the NHTSA recommends that all drivers who are at least 60-years-old should receive an annual test for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to help prevent an auto accident.
Aggressive driving and road rage are highly dangerous behaviors that can result in serious injury or death. Road rage is suspected as the cause of a three-car crash earlier this month in South Carolina which resulted in two serious injuries.
Many workers have a workplace that is not an office but consists of a truck, bus or vehicle that is used in their jobs. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that work-related roadway vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death from traumatic injuries in the U.S. workplace. The CDC reported almost 12,000 deaths between 1992 and 2000 and 23.5 percent of civilian worker deaths in 2000 from these accidents.