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Car accidents and the resulting financial and personal losses

In a recent blog post, we discussed steps individuals who are involved in a car accident should take. Some of these tips are meant to help individuals prove another driver's negligence and can greatly benefit an individual who plans to take legal action.

For example, when interacting with other involved parties at the accident scene, it's important not to say or do anything that may implicate one as being at fault. Additionally, it's important to obtain a copy of the police accident report which provides details about the cause of the accident and includes records of any resulting citations.

Tips for motorcyclists on how to avoid becoming a statistic

Individuals who own and ride motorcycles often speak about the thrill they experience upon hitting the open road and feeling the wind against one's body. Motorcycles are more popular than ever and while many may consider riding a motorcycle as a fun way to travel and take in the landscape, it is also inherently dangerous.

During 2010 alone, more than 4,500 people in the U.S. were killed in motorcycle accidents. With no airbags, steel frames or seat belts; if involved in a crash, a motorcyclist's body is often the first point of contact. The resulting injuries are almost always serious in nature an often result in an individual suffering debilitating or fatal injuries.

Older drivers and the importance of self-regulation

According to the Population Reference Bureau, the U.S. baby boomer generation currently totals about 76 million men and women. As individuals born between 1946 and 1964 continue to retire and age, a significant percentage will likely experience some degree of decreased physical and/or cognitive functioning.

Aging is a part of life and, when it comes to driving, impairments related to one's vision, reaction time and ability to process information quickly can result in a driver making errors and causing or being involved in a car accident. Thankfully, there are steps older drivers can take to avoid being in a car accident and 2013 statistics show that, during the last 18 years, the motor vehicle fatality rate for drivers age 70 and older has decreased by 30 percent.

Involved in a car accident? Follow these steps

Imagine you're driving down a familiar street enroute to work when you approach an intersection. The traffic light is green so you don't slow as you approach and plan to continue through the intersection. While doing so, you notice a car quickly approaching from the right. That's the last thing you remember before the car crashes into the right side of your vehicle and the airbags deploy.

Anyone who has ever been involved in a motor vehicle accident can attest to the feelings of fear and disorientation that follow. While it's normal to feel bewildered and dazed, it's important that a driver take steps in the wake of an accident to ensure that, if necessary, he or she is able to take legal action.

Think it's safe to talk on a cellphone an drive? Think again

We've likely all been in a situation where, in some capacity, we overestimate our abilities. Whether it is mentally or physically, realizing that we really aren't a genus or in as good of shape as we thought can be a blow to one's ego. Driving is another task at which many people overestimate their abilities. This is particularly true when it comes to engaging in dangerous driving behaviors like speeding and also behaviors that have been proven to be highly distracting, like using a cellphone while driving.

South Carolina is among the 44 states in the U.S. to have some sort of ban on texting while driving. In South Carolina, the texting ban is a primary offense meaning a police officer who sees a driver texting doesn't need any other reason to pull the driver over and write a citation.

Study: driving under the influence too common for younger drivers

A new study has come to light that shows that many teens and younger drivers that are involved in a fatal crash are under the influence of marijuana or alcohol. And by "many" we mean "the majority."

It may seem impossible, but it's true according to the study. Researchers looked at fatal crashes that involved teen drivers and younger drivers in states where toxicology reporting was common. The combined number of teens who were under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or both exceeded 50 percent (50.3 percent to be exact). 36.8 percent of these drivers were under the influence of only alcohol; 5.9 percent were under the influence of marijuana; and 7.6 percent used a combination of the two substances.

Dont' become a drunk driving statistic

Despite the numerous anti-drunk driving public awareness campaigns, billboards and firsthand accounts; every year tens of thousands of individuals across the United States and in states like South Carolina decide to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during 2012 alone more than 30 percent of traffic fatalities in the U.S. involved a drunk driver. That same year, nearly 350 people were fatally wounded on South Carolina roads and highways in alcohol-related crashes.

AAA report proves some in-vehicle warning systems don't make the grade

When operating a motor vehicle, safety is always a concern. Not only must a driver ensure that he or she is alert, aware and focused; but one must also attempt to anticipate the actions and potential mistakes of other drivers.

Every day, thousands of drivers and passengers throughout the U.S. are involved in traffic accidents, some of which result in those involved suffering painful and debilitating injuries. In recent years, car companies have turned their focus towards developing technologies aimed to prevent car crashes.

National and state statistics related to drunk driving are alarming

During 2012 alone, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that 358 people in South Carolina lost their lives in drunk driving-related traffic accidents. During this year, this number represented 41 percent of all traffic accident fatalities in the state. During this same year, the Centers for Disease control and Prevention reports that nationally 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.

Based upon these alarming statistics, it's obvious that far too many people throughout South Carolina and the U.S. are choosing to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle when they shouldn't. While the legal blood alcohol concentration limit in most states is .08 percent, even a BAC of .02 results in an individual's ability to see clearly, track movement and multitask being markedly impaired.

This Thanksgiving, South Carolina drivers reminded not to drink and drive

Next week, people across South Carolina will gather with family members and friends to eat, drink and give thanks. While the many traditions that accompany the annual Thanksgiving holiday may warm our hearts, state residents are reminded to be smart and safe when it comes to drinking and driving.

During 2012, South Carolina ranked seventh in the nation for the highest number of drunk driving-related fatalities. With the approaching holiday season, the non-profit organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving is commemorating its 28th annual campaign, Tie One On for Safety.