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South Carolina may strengthen distracted driving laws

Many South Carolina residents may be aware of the growing concern regarding distracted driving. While this term may apply to many actions, such as eating and grooming, that take a driver's focus away from the road, texting seems to be the most common culprit. Getting into a car accident is one of the biggest risks associated with distracted driving, but there may also be other consequences, such as fines and increased insurance rates.   

Dealing with your insurance company after a car accident

You are slowly recovering from the trauma of having been involved in a car accident in South Carolina and now you face the process of discussing what happened with your insurance company. At Beau Seaton Attorney at Law, we understand the complications that can often arise when it is time for you to begin working with your insurance company to agree on a settlement. 

Why do so many drivers speed?

Reckless drivers who disregard the safety of others on the road should be held fully responsible for causing a crash, and these accidents happen for many reasons. Speeding is one of the more common causes of preventable auto accidents and it is important to understand some of the different motivating factors behind a driver’s decision to go over the speed limit. Unfortunately, this behavior has claimed many lives over the years and it has left countless victims with injuries that shatter their future.

Going over some causes of driver fatigue

Each day, there are far too many tired drivers on the road, and they are putting many lives at risk. Sadly, some people do not realize just how serious it is to drive while fatigued, and this can result in a fatal collision. Driver fatigue has many causes and some of them will be examined in this write-up. If you every feel that you are too tired to drive, it is imperative to stay off the road until you are well-rested. Many people ignore this advice and if you are struck by someone who was too tired to drive, do not hesitate to take a stand for your legal rights.

Training and job-related traffic accidents

Workers become injured while performing their job duties in various ways, from accidents that result from careless co-worker behavior to weather-related mishaps. However, some accidents are caused by a lack of training and familiarity with numerous types of equipment and job-related duties. For example, someone may have a position which requires them to operate some sort of vehicle, or they may be asked to do so by a manager temporarily, even though they are not qualified. This may happen in the construction industry and many other lines of work. For example, a restaurant owner may ask one of their employees to deliver something even though they do not have a driver’s license or any experience behind the wheel.

How can I stay safe in the kitchen this holiday season?

Families all over South Carolina are gearing up for holiday celebrations in their homes and the homes of their loved ones. This entails preparing lavish feasts, which entail certain risks if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. In this case, Everyday Health offers the following advice to keep your holiday celebration safe and fun for all.

Hit by a car while walking the dog

For many dog owners, taking their dog for a walk is a great way to bond with their animal companion while getting some good exercise. Unfortunately, this can be dangerous when reckless drivers are on the road and may result in a pedestrian accident. Many people have been struck by negligent drivers while they were walking alongside the roadway and you should consider some of the ways in which you may be able to reduce the likelihood of a pedestrian accident.

Driving on the freeway with little experience

Anyone who drives on the freeway may face a number of risks while traveling at high speeds. For example, another driver may behave recklessly and fail to switch lanes properly or a tire could blow out. For some people, driving on the freeway can be especially dangerous, such as those who have little experience traveling at such high speeds or on have never driven on a freeway before. From younger people who first begin driving to those who may have lived in a rural area that did not have any freeways for many years, there are various reasons why people find themselves in this position.

The consequences of failing to maintain a vehicle properly

When it comes to safe driving, there are many risk factors that drivers need to be aware of. Drunk driving and distractions that divert a driver’s attention are major concerns, of course. However, there are other potential hazards that some people may have difficulty identifying. For example, failing to maintain a vehicle can cause a wide variety of problems. Whether brakes fail, or another critical component gives out, those who do not ensure that their vehicles are maintained properly pose a serious threat to everyone on the road, and they endanger their own safety as well.

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