Columbia, SC Car Accident Attorney Ben Matthews Comments on Report about Rising Car Accident Fatality Rates in South Carolina

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The co-founder of Columbia, SC law firm Matthews & Megna LLC provides tips on how to prevent fatal car accidents in South Carolina in 2015.

Law enforcement officials and safety advocates can only work so hard to prevent accidents in South Carolina, and our firm applauds their continued efforts to keep our roads safe.

Commenting on a recent Greenville Online report stating the number of car accident fatalities in South Carolina was higher in 2014 than in 2013, Columbia car accident attorney Ben Matthews today said these statistics should serve as a sobering reminder of the dangers of speeding, drinking and driving and engaging in other reckless driving behaviors.

Matthews, co-founder of Matthews & Megna LLC, based his comments on a January 4 article, “Greenville County road deaths dip but state deaths rise.” According to Greenville Online, preliminary findings from the South Carolina Office of Highway Safety indicate that 811 people died in traffic accidents in 2014, compared to 768 the year before.

“South Carolina drivers know better than to drive under the influence of alcohol, become distracted by cell phones or engage in reckless behaviors behind the wheel such as speeding or ignoring traffic signals,” Matthews said. “However, as these statistics illustrate, far too many drivers are making irresponsible choices. Too many people using South Carolina roads are losing their lives.”

Matthews offered these tips for drivers to do their part to prevent accidents:

  • Allow enough time to get to your destination.
  • If you’ve been drinking, use a designated sober driver to get home.
  • If you need to use your cell phone for any reason and you’re driving, pull over to a safe location before using the device.
  • Avoid driving when you’re tired.
  • Use caution when changing lanes or when approaching intersections.
  • Watch out for pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles.

According to Greenville Online, Greenville County, Charleston County and Spartanburg County recorded the state’s highest fatality rates in 2014. While Greenville County recorded fewer fatalities in 2014 than in 2013, the article indicates other South Carolina counties recorded an increase in traffic accident fatalities.

In addition, Greenville Online revealed that state officials found an increase in pedestrian fatalities, many of which occurred on rural roads and involved speeding drivers. Furthermore, the article indicates that top contributory factors in fatal accidents included speeding, alcohol use and a lack of seatbelt usage.

“Law enforcement officials and safety advocates can only work so hard to prevent accidents in South Carolina, and our firm applauds their continued efforts to keep our roads safe,” Matthews said. “But safety is a responsibility shared by every driver on our state’s roadways. We urge accident victims who were injured through no fault of their own to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney. We can help hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions and fight for the compensation and closure injury victims deserve.”

About Matthews & Megna LLC
Serving the Columbia, Florence, Darlington and all of South Carolina since 1985, attorneys Ben Matthews and Tony R. Megna have handled thousands of cases and won major settlements for clients, whether settling out of court or going to trial. Matthews & Megna LLC’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.

Along with an office in Darlington, the law firm’s main office is located at 3400 West Avenue, Columbia, SC 29203. To schedule a free case evaluation or for more information, call (877) 253-7705 or visit the law firm’s website:

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