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Automobile Accident Statistics | Spartanburg & Greenville Car & Auto Accident Lawyer

Automobile Accident Statistics for United States and South Carolina

  • In 2010, 32,885 people were killed and 2,243,000 people were injured in traffic accidents.
  • In 2010, 3,675 people were killed in large-truck crashes, a 8.7% increase from 2009.
  • In 2010, there were 5,419,000 motor vehicle crashes in the United States.
  • In 2010, there were 3,092 fatalities in distraction-affected (handheld phones, texting) motor vehicle crashes.
  • In 2010, there were 810 fatalities in South Carolina, a fatality rate of 17.47 per 100,000.
  • In 2010, 52% and 46% of fatalities in South Carolina the blood alcohol concentration BAC was at least .01 and .08 respectively, 15% above the national average.
  • In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians died from traffic-related injuries and another 70,000 sustained non-fatal injuries, an increase of 19% from 2009.
  • In 2010, 10,228 or 31% of traffic fatalities were alcohol-related. Either the driver or an affected person (e.g., a pedestrian or bicyclist) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dl).
(Source: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration, 2010 Traffic Safety Facts, December 2011)

Auto accident personal injuries are often serious and have long-term effects. Injuries include whiplash, bone, joint and muscle injuries, head and brain injuries, and paralysis.  Insurance companies will try to settle personal injury claims and accidents quickly and often fail to cover the long-term injuries, damages and provide adequate compensation.  Don’t settle, don’t wait.  Contact a Spartanburg automobile accident personal injury attorney today.

South Carolina Automobile Accident Attorney & Personal Injury Lawyer Spartanburg, Greenville

Located in the Upstate of South Carolina in Spartanburg, we serve Spartanburg, Greenville and surrounding counties.  If you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident or motor vehicle accident, we encourage you to contact a auto accident personal injury lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment today to discuss the legal options.  We are ready to put our experienced automobile accident lawyers & personal injury attorneys to work for you.

The Total Advocacy Firm” Since 1926 | Serving the State of South Carolina | Spartanburg County | Greenville County | Anderson County | Chester County | Laurens County | Pickens County | Richland County | York County | Cherokee County | Union County | Oconee County

Automobile Accidents Determining Fault & Negligence

Automobile Accidents Determining Fault & Negligence

There exist factors that contribute to the question of whether a driver was negligent.  Courts look for these in determining fault.  Some of these factors, but not all, are:

  • Failure to obey traffic signs or signals;
  • Driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol;
  • Texting while driving accidents;
  • Failure to signal when turning;
  • Violation of some other law;
  • Careless driving;
  • Failure to follow the speed limit;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Cell phone distracted driving accident;
  • Car accidents caused by defective or recalled vehicles;
  • School bus accidents;

Any person who drives any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate either a willfull or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is negligent and reckless and may also be held liable for the cause of the accident.  Recklessness implies the doing of a negligent act knowingly.

An experienced automobile accident lawyer / personal injury attorney can assist you in the determination of the cause of your auto crash.

Wrongful Death & Complex Laws

Wrongful Death & the Complex Laws

The emotional damage can be severe, and the economic losses are often devastating.  Wrongful death can be caused by many things, including automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, defective products, construction site accidents, swimming pool accidents, boating accidents, workplace accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability accidents, medical malpractice or other negligent, careless, or reckless conduct. When gross negligence or reckless conduct is involved, one may also be able to obtain punitive damages.  Our attorneys provide effective, aggressive investigation and representation in wrongful death cases.

Complex Laws – Consult a South Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney

South Carolina laws regarding wrongful death cases are complex and technical.  The law strictly governs who may recover, such as a spouse, children, parents, or siblings.  Claims must be brought through the estate of the deceased relative, and are brought by an administrator or an executor.  Damages may include loss of future net income, loss of companionship and love, and loss of support.  Punitive damages may be awarded in some wrongful death cases.

Wrongful death cases are always emotional.  When you are grieving, you should not make any major decisions without consulting an South Carolina wrongful death attorney.  You should not enter into any settlement, sign any release or accept any money in exchange for releasing an individual, corporation, or insurance company from liability without first knowing what insurance coverage or other redress is available to you and your family.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics & Determining Cause

A pedestrian accident, as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash. The NHTSA defines a traffic crash is an incident that involves one or more vehicles where at least one vehicle is in-transport and the crash originates on a public traffic way. Crashes that occurred exclusively on private property, including parking lots and driveways, were excluded in the following statistics relating to pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics in United States and South Carolina

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[li]In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. [/li]
[li]On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in traffic crashes. [/li]
[li]In 2009, pedestrian deaths accounted for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities, and made up 3 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes. [/li]
[li]Over 90 percent of the pedestrian fatalities occurred in single-vehicle crashes. [/li]
[li]In 2009, 35% of traffic fatalities were alcohol-related. Either the driver or an affected person (e.g., a pedestrian or bicyclist) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dl). [/li]
[li]Children age 15 and younger accounted for 7 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2009 and 25 percent of all pedestrians injured in traffic crashes. [/li]
[li]In 2009, South Carolina pedestrian fatalities were 10% of the total traffic fatalities.[/li]
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(Source: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration, 2009 Traffic Safety Facts)

Pedestrian accidents can result in injuries such as fractures (broken bones) involving surgical repair, head injuries, various back & neck injuries, and death in some cases. A pedestrian accident lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP will work to help you make a monetary recovery for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, disfigurement, loss of normal life, and any other losses sustained in the accident. Don’t wait, contact a pedestrian accident attorney today.

Negligence and Determining Cause of Pedestrian Accidents

Determining the cause of fault in a pedestrian accident is a highly detailed process. A pedestrian accident lawyer at Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP will work vigorously to determine the cause of fault in your pedestrian accident. If your pedestrian accident involves a motor vehicle, fault is usually determined by the law of negligence. Motorists must exercise a standard called “reasonable care under the circumstances” when driving. The law of negligence states that if a motorist fails to exercise this standard and negligently operates a vehicle in such a manner as to inflict damage to another person or property, then the person guilty of negligence must make restitution for this or her act of negligence. An act of negligence can be due to a multitude of factors, including:

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[li]Failing to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks; [/li]
[li]Backing out of parking spaces in parking lots; [/li]
[li]Speeding in residential areas where there are children playing; [/li]
[li]Turning right on a red light, and not looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk; [/li]
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If you find yourself or someone you know to be the victim of a pedestrian accident, we encourage you to contact a pedestrian accident lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment to discuss the legal options. We serve the Upstate of South Carolina including Spartanburg and Greenville and the surrounding counties. We investigate every detail and the possible causes of your pedestrian accident so that you receive full compensation for any pain and suffering you or someone you know have endured. We are ready to put our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys to work for you.

Truck & Trucking Accident Statistics & Determining Cause

When an 18-wheeler truck collides with a passenger car, victims will likely experience catastrophic injury or wrongful death.  Truck accidents can result in much more devastating injuries than the average car accident.  One reason is that large trucks can weigh in excess of 40 tons, while a car or SUV might weigh two or three tons.

Truck Accident Statistics in United States and South Carolina

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[li] In 2009, 296,000 large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic crashes in the United States; 3,380 were involved in fatal crashes and an additional 74,000 were injured in those crashes. [/li]
[li]Of the fatalities in crashes involving large trucks during 2009, 75 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 10 percent were nonoccupants, and 15 percent were occupants of a large truck. [/li]
[li]Of the people injured in crashes involving large trucks during 2009, 76 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 2 percent were nonoccupants, and 22 percent were occupants of a large truck. [/li]
[li] In 2009, large trucks accounted for 7 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 3 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes. [/li]
[li] In 2009, in South Carolina, 10% of the total vehicles involved in fatal crashes were large trucks. [/li]
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(Source: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration, 2010 Traffic Safety Facts, December 2011)

Legally, truck accidents are more complex than an average car accident.  There are more sources of potential liability.  The driver, the owner of the tractor, the owner of the trailer, the warehouse that loaded the truck and the shop that maintained it may all share responsibility for the accident.

Negligence and Determining Cause of Truck Accidents

In the case of truck accidents, fault is usually determined by the law of negligence.  If a driver negligently operates a truck and damage is caused to another person or property, that person or the owner of the truck may be required to pay any incurred damages.  Our experienced truck accident lawyers can help in determining the cause.

Some of the causes of negligence include:

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[li]Unlicensed drivers [/li]
[li]Drivers distracted by cell phones or on-board computers [/li]
[li]Speeding [/li]
[li]Improper lane changes [/li]
[li]Failure to inspect [/li]
[li]Failure to maintain safety systems [/li]
[li]Failure to yield the right of way [/li]
[li]Alcohol or drug use — DWI/DUI [/li]
[li]Brake failure[/li]
[li]Violations of the rules of the road [/li]
[li]Failure to signal turns [/li]
[li]Aggressive and reckless driving[/li]
[li]Overloading[/li]
[li]Defective parts [/li]
[li]Shifting loads[/li]
[li]Driver fatigue [/li]
[li]Negligent hiring[/li]
[li]
Equipment failures[/li]
[li]Backing carelessly [/li]
[li]Aggressive and reckless driving[/li]
[li]Driver error[/li]
[li]Defective parts [/li]
[li]Overturning trucks[/li]
[li]Inadequate training of drivers [/li]
[li]Unsecured truck loads of construction equipment and supplies[/li]
[li]Poor design of the truck or its parts[/li]
[li]Lack of crashworthiness[/li]
[li]Sudden stops[/li]
[li]Spilled loads[/li]

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Employers may be liable if they hired and employed an untrained or incompetent driver, or if they aware of a change in the driver status, training, suspensions, violations, and qualifications.  Under federal regulation, some lessees may be liable for injuries caused by trucking accidents.  Employers and lessees may include grocery store chains, shipping companies, department stores, distribution companies, manufacturers, construction companies and other businesses.

Sometimes the truck is loaded by a third party, who may be liable for negligent loading, which can cause a load to shift or fall from the truck.  If the truck was defectively or not properly designed, the manufacturer of the truck or trailer, or the manufacturer of the component parts, may be liable for negligence and for product liability.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, we encourage you to contact a truck accident lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment today to discuss the legal options.  We investigate every detail and the possible contributing causes of a truck accident so that you receive full compensation for any pain and suffering you or someone you know have endured.   We are ready to put our experienced trial attorneys to work for you.

South Carolina Serious Personal Injury Accident FAQs

There may never be a time in your life where you feel more confused and financially insecure than when you suffer a serious injury.  If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should resist settling your claim quickly with any insurance carrier until you have received all the medical care you need and you have reached maximum medical improvement.

In South Carolina, a person injured in an accident because of the fault or negligence of another, you have up to three (3) years to bring a law suit to recover your damage.   While it is certainly not a good idea to wait 3 years until the last minute to bring suit, it is often wise to wait more than few months and perhaps up to a year to make sure you have recovered from your injuries before settling or bring suit.  Once you settle with an insurance company and sign their release forms, you will be forever barred from seeking additional compensation if it turns out you require additional medical care for your injuries.

The experienced trial lawyers at Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP, located in the Upstate of South Carolina in Spartanburg, represent individuals who have suffered a serious personal injury or personal injury as the result of an accident. If you have been injured, contact the South Carolina serious personal injury attorneys today for an initial consultation to discuss your legal options. Don’t wait, take action today.

Choose a South Carolina Personal Injury Accident Lawyer & Personal Injury Litigation Attorney Spartanburg, Greenville, Upstate SC

Located in the Upstate of South Carolina in Spartanburg, we serve Spartanburg, Greenville and surrounding counties. If you or someone you know has been involved in an serious personal injury or personal injury accident, we encourage you to contact a personal injury lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment today to discuss the legal options. We are ready to put our experienced personal injury attorneys to work for you.

The Total Advocacy Firm” Since 1926 | Serving the State of South Carolina | Spartanburg County | Greenville County | Anderson County | Chester County | Laurens County | Pickens County | Richland County | York County | Cherokee County | Union County | Oconee County

Premises Liability Accidents & Injuries Can Occur Anywhere

Premises liability is an area of law which holds a landowner, land occupant, or tenant legally and financially responsible for injuries to another person sustained on their property.  In a South Carolina premises liability claim, the injured party must demonstrate that the owner or tenant had control of the land and also had control of the condition which caused the injuries.

An owner or tenant may be liable for failure to notify and warn you about hazardous conditions on the property.  Premises liability may involve multiple parties including a business owner, security company, or state or federal government entity.

Our premises liability attorneys represent individuals who have suffered injuries that can occur just about anywhere including:

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[li]Construction sites [/li]
[li]Private homes[/li]
[li]Public parks [/li]
[li]Restaurants [/li]
[li]Shopping centers [/li]
[li]Supermarkets[/li]
[li]Walking paths [/li]
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In South Carolina, the most common type of premises liability claim is a slip and fall accident or a trip and fall accident.  A person may slip and fall, being injured due to a slippery, sticky or oily ground or an unknown or foreign substance on a floor.  Holes in the ground or unmaintained steps can also be causes of injuries in a slip and fall premises liability claim.

Types of South Carolina Premises Liability Injuries and a Cases a Premises Liability Lawyer Handles:

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[li]Swimming pool accidents[/li]
[li]Dog bites and animal attacks[/li]
[li]Defective stairways and stair collapse[/li]
[li]Elevator and escalator accidents[/li]
[li]Porch collapse and porch railing failures[/li]
[li]Tripping or falling due to uneven surfaces[/li]
[li]Balcony and deck defects[/li]
[li]Floor or building collapse[/li]
[li]Accidents caused by snow and ice[/li]
[li]Falls on short, unmarked flights of stairs or steps[/li]
[li]Fire and smoke injuries[/li]
[li]Injuries, assaults and wrongful death from negligent security[/li]
[li]Defects at commercial properties causing slips, trips or falls[/li]
[li]Injuries from flooding or water leaks or spills[/li]
[li]Slips and falls from cleaning agents[/li]
[li]Slips and falls caused by spilled food or drinks[/li]
[li]Inadequate lighting[/li]
[li]Exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals[/li]
[li]Building code or housing code violations[/li]
[li]Failure to repair or maintain premises[/li]
[li]Improper commercial displays[/li]
[li]Falling merchandise in stores[/li]
[li]Unprotected holes and uneven surfaces[/li]
[li]Unmarked stairs or steps[/li]
[li]Rapes and sexual assault[/li]
[/ul]

Following a “slip and fall” injury or any premises liability accident in which the landowner, tenant or property occupant is responsible; the attorneys at Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP can help you bring a claim to recover damages for:

[ul style=”3″]
[li]Lost wages[/li]
[li]Future lost wages [/li]
[li]Medical bills [/li]
[li]Pain and suffering [/li]
[li]Other accident related expenses [/li]
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If you find you or someone you know has suffered injury on someone’s property you may have a premises liability claim and be entitled to damages and compensation.  We will review your potential case in light of the laws and circumstances and advise you whether or not you may be able to bring a premises liability claim against the property owner, tenant or land occupier. We encourage you to contact a premises liability lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment today to discuss the legal options.  Don’t wait any longer; a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations for personal injury and premises liability claim in South Carolina expires.  We are ready to put our experienced premises liability trial attorneys to work for you.