Columbia, SC (PRWEB) January 09, 2014
South Carolina drivers are the second-worst drivers in the country, according to a recent nationwide study that should serve as a call to action for drivers to change their habits, said South Carolina personal injury lawyer Chad McGowan of McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC.
The attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, were asked to comment on a report in The State, “SC drivers ranked second-worst in nation” (Dec. 16, 2013).
“Over the years, we have seen many different types of car accident injury and fatality cases in our office,” McGowan said. “That’s why we are not that surprised to read the findings. But the average person might not realize how dangerous our roads and highways can be. Every driver in South Carolina should be very concerned about the findings in this study.”
CarInsuranceComparison.com (Dec. 16, 2013) conducted the study comparing drivers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to The State. The study was based on information from several sources, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
CarInsuranceComparison.com ranked each stated based on five criteria: fatality rate per miles driven, failure to obey traffic signals, drunk driving ticketing rate, traffic ticketing rate and careless driving. Louisiana’s drivers were rated the worst in the nation. The company ranked Vermont drivers the best in the country.
South Carolina finished second-worst out of 50 states and Washington, D.C. South Carolina received some of the lowest scores nationwide in three categories. The study rated South Carolina 50th for careless driving, 49th for its drunk driving ticketing rate and 49th for traffic fatalities per 100 million miles traveled. As for the other two categories, South Carolina finished 38th for its traffic ticketing rate and 29th for failing to obey traffic signals and wearing seatbelts.
South Carolina’s extremely low scores for drunk driving and careless driving concerned Columbia, SC auto accident attorney S. Randall Hood of McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC.
“Safe driving involves every driver on the road,” Hood said. “We can’t simply rely on the police to catch drunk drivers and speeding drivers. People need to make smart choices before they get behind the wheel of a car. The dangers of drunk driving are well documented. That’s why there’s no excuse for driving drunk in South Carolina. The same goes for speeding and careless driving. Every driver needs to play it safe.”
South Carolina car accident lawyer Johnny Felder of McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC agreed. “Too many drivers take too many risks every day in South Carolina,” Felder said. “We know because we work with families every day dealing with the aftermath of a serious car or truck accident in South Carolina. Actions have consequences. If another driver causes your accident, that driver should be held accountable for his or her behavior.”
For more information about what to do after a car accident and the legal options available to families in South Carolina, call (888) 572-3800 or complete the online contact form.
About McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC has a well-earned reputation for being an experienced South Carolina personal injury law firm that delivers results. With offices in Anderson, Columbia, Rock Hill and Sumter, the law firm handles a range of cases throughout South Carolina, including truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, construction accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, dangerous medical devices and more. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay fees if we win.
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