Columbia, SC (PRWEB) February 22, 2014
South Carolina personal injury attorney Ben Matthews of Matthews & Megna, LLC, today said he welcomed the news of a sharp decline in the number of traffic deaths in 2013 in South Carolina.
Matthews commented on an article in The Washington Post about the decline in traffic deaths in South Carolina and other states nationwide. (The Washington Post, “Early figures suggest number of traffic fatalities fell in 2013,” Jan. 2, 2014).
“Our law firm hopes this trend continues in 2014,” Matthews said. “We know how devastating fatal auto accidents in South Carolina can be for families. We have represented many South Carolina families dealing with the loss of a loved one due to a car accident, which is why we sincerely hope our office and the state of South Carolina can celebrate a similar decline in traffic fatalities one year from now.”
South Carolina experienced a 17 percent decline in traffic fatalities in 2013, according to The Washington Post. Specifically, a total of 732 people died in traffic accidents in South Carolina through Dec. 28, 2013, according to the Georgetown Times, “Traffic fatalities decrease in 2013” (Jan. 8, 2014). During the same time period in 2012, a total of 856 people died in South Carolina, the Georgetown Times reported.
The decrease in traffic fatalities in 2013 reflects a nationwide trend. Last year, the number of people killed in traffic accidents nationwide declined to the lowest point in several states since the 1940s, according to The Washington Post. In particular, the number of people who died in auto accidents in Iowa, Ohio and New Jersey approached record lows for each state, The Washington Post reported.
South Carolina personal injury attorney Tony R. Megna of Matthews & Megna, LLC, said he hopes the trend continues but cautioned drivers not to become complacent about traffic safety. “People need to remain alert and drive defensively if we want the number of traffic fatalities to continue to decline in South Carolina,” Megna said. “Dangerous driving habits like texting while driving and other distracting behavior continue to be an issue across the country. And while the number of traffic fatalities did drop in 2013, they increased nationwide in 2012, as The Washington Post noted. That’s why we cannot become complacent. We have to remain focused on driver safety and safely sharing the road with other people. Our law firm has worked on far too many fatal auto accidents in South Carolina. We know all too well the risks drivers face every day.”
About Matthews & Megna
Serving Columbia, Florence, Darlington and all of South Carolina since 1985, attorneys Ben Matthews and Tony R. Megna have handled thousands of cases and obtained major judgments for clients, whether settling out of court or going to trial. Matthews & Megna’s areas of practice include bankruptcy law, auto accidents and workers’ compensation cases. They also handle truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, golf cart accidents and moped accidents. The law firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for legal services if they win.
For more information about auto accidents and the legal options available to injury victims and their families in South Carolina, call (877) 253-7705 or complete the online contact form.
Along with an office in Darlington, the law firm’s main office is located at 3406 West Avenue, Columbia, SC 29203. To schedule a free case evaluation or for more information, visit the law firm’s website at http://www.matthewsandmegna.com.