Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer Says Speed Is Contributor to Nation-Leading Traffic Death Rate in South Carolina

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South Carolina personal injury attorney Ken Harrell of Joye Law Firm says his experience indicates that negligence is a bigger factor in fatal traffic accidents than road and bridge conditions.

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The report cites the poor condition of roads and bridges, but we at Joye Law have seen that, unfortunately, it’s too often the negligence and recklessness of drivers that are contributing to the high death rate . . .

Charleston personal injury lawyer Ken Harrell today expressed dismay at a national report that says the traffic fatality rate on South Carolina’s rural roads is the highest in the nation.

“It’s startling to realize that while fewer people are being killed in traffic accidents nationwide, South Carolinians are dying at such a high rate on our state’s highways,” said Harrell, managing partner of the South Carolina personal injury law firm, Joye Law Firm, which has offices in North Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

“The report cites the poor condition of roads and bridges, but we at Joye Law have seen that, unfortunately, it’s too often the negligence and recklessness of drivers that are contributing to the high death rate among our friends, families and neighbors in car accidents,” he said.

Harrell referred to a report released in September by TRIP, a nonprofit group that researches economic and technical data about surface transportation issues.

TRIP says in a news release that its study, titled “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” found that “despite a recent decrease in the overall fatality rate on America’s roads, traffic crashes and fatalities on South Carolina’s rural roads remain disproportionately high, occurring at a rate more than 14 times higher than on all other roads.”

South Carolina had a traffic fatality rate of 4.7 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles of travel on non-Interstate roads, compared to a fatality rate on all other roads of 0.32 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel. Nationally, the numbers were 2.31 deaths per 100 million vehicles miles of travel on non-Interstate roads and 0.75 on other roads.

Of 894 traffic fatalities in South Carolina in 2009, 791 were on rural, non-Interstate roads, the report states.

“Inadequate roadway safety design, longer emergency vehicle response times and the higher speeds traveled on rural roads are factors in the higher traffic fatality rate,” the study says.

“The influence of higher speeds on traffic fatalities in South Carolina is a factor that each one of us can help to reduce,” Harrell said. “Speeding is an overwhelming contributor to motor vehicle crashes.”

Since 1968, Joye Law Firm has assisted thousands of car wreck victims as they’ve recovered from injuries, property loss and loss of time on the job. Harrell said his firm will continue to pursue personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against those whose negligence or recklessness contributes to car crashes in South Carolina.

It’s important for anyone injured in an automotive accident to seek legal consultation, Harrell said.

“It is particularly important to remember that insurance companies work to get accident victims to accept a settlement quickly, but a lawyer can negotiate a proper payment,” Harrell said.

“When a person is hurt in a car wreck, they need an experienced attorney to help them assess and meet their needs down the road in what can often be a long recovery.”

About Joye Law Firm
Since 1968, Joye Law Firm has been fighting to help people throughout South Carolina with their legal challenges in a broad range of practice areas, including personal injury, car accidents, birth injury, brain injury, defective products, drug injury, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, Social Security disability, spinal cord injury, traffic tickets, truck accidents, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. The South Carolina law firm has offices in Charleston and Myrtle Beach and assists clients in areas that include Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, Columbia, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the Horry County communities of Conway and North Myrtle Beach. Contact the firm by calling (888) 594-7754 or filling out its online form.

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