Whiplash is a common label for an injury suffered in car accidents, sports accidents and falls. Typically involving a quick back-and-forth motion of the neck of the victim, whiplash injuries can affect a number of different muscles and bones and symptoms can vary widely.
People in South Carolina may know that driving while distracted could raise one's risk of getting into an auto accident. According to statistics, more than 1,100 are injured and at least nine people die each day in the U.S. because of accidents involving inattentive drivers. Distracted driving has also been linked to reckless behaviors in teens, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Negligent drivers make the roads of South Carolina less safe for workers. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that an average of 338 pedestrian workers were killed each year between 2003 and 2010 as the result of vehicle collisions. This makes vehicle collisions the leading cause of deaths on the job in the U.S.
Area news outlets report that a two-vehicle accident in Greenwood County at around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 left one person dead at the scene of the accident and two individuals with injuries. Emergency crews cut one of the injured parties from his vehicle, and a medical helicopter transported him to Greenville Memorial Hospital. An ambulance transported the other injured party to Self Regional Medical Center with injuries not considered to be life-threatening in nature.
South Carolina drivers might not realize the various costs associated with traffic accidents. In 2010 alone, the economic ramifications of United States traffic accidents amounted to an estimated $1 trillion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Factored into that number are the loss of productivity and the loss of life attributed to traffic accidents.
On Sept. 12, an accident on Edgefield Highway near Lake Shore Drive in Aiken County sent six people to the hospital. Emergency personnel transported one of the six individuals to the hospital via helicopter. Officials indicated that they expect all six injured individuals to recover.
In a motor vehicle accident in Dillon County on Aug. 23, three men from North Carolina lost their lives. The early morning car crash occurred in Dillon.
Anyone who has suffered injuries in a crash caused by someone else may have wondered how to prove the liability of the other party. Official police reports can be one of the strongest forms of evidence when it comes to proving liability, but the police do not respond to every accident. There are several other methods that may be used, but each state has its own laws regarding accident reporting.
A common thread running throughout this blog has been the topic of distracted driving. With the proliferation of mobile technology and vehicles that have an increasing number of built-in features, there are many things that could take drivers' eyes from the road. Of course, these behaviors can come at a cost.
Going on a trip is almost always an exciting experience. For many people, being able to get away -- even just for a few days -- can be an effective way to shed the stress of everyday life. The unfortunate reality is that vacations do not always go as planned. Car accidents are likely among the last problems that a traveler wants to deal with, but they can and do happen.