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Growing Pedestrian Safety Crisis is Worsening a Health Epidemic

In the United States, 2018 was the deadliest year for pedestrians and cyclists. 6,238 pedestrians were killed. That’s a 28-year high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “On average, 17 pedestrians and two cyclists were killed each day in traffic crashes in 2018.” (TheNewYorkTimes.com) The pedestrian safety crisis is “an epidemic of Read More

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Self-Driving Cars May Not Prevent the Most Common Car Accidents

Last year, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk had all intentions of starting to operate a fleet of self-driving robotaxis sometime this year. Now he says he’s hoping “to deploy the system with humans monitoring it in early 2021, depending on regulatory approval.”(WUSA9.com) In the last several years, other companies have pledged to start a fully-robotic Read More

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Motor Vehicle Fatality Rate Spikes, Despite COVID-19 Lockdown

In March 2020, states across the country implemented stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would make sense that virtually empty roadways would mean less vehicle accidents resulting in less fatalities. In actuality, the roadways became more lethal! “A new National Safety Council report finds that the number of motor vehicle fatalities per miles Read More

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Fatalities from Drivers Running Red Lights Hit 10-Year High

Next time you think about running a red light, consider these statistics. In 2017, 939 people were killed when someone plowed through a red light. That is at least two people a day! A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that fatalities in red-light collisions increased in 2017, for the fifth year Read More

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Share the Road: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

How appropriate that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, during which the Grand Strand features two major motorcycle rallies. This time of year, South Carolina Highway Department (SCDP) responds to more motorcycle wrecks than at any other time of year. The Grand Strand Medical Center trauma team is getting ready for “bike month”, making sure Read More

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SC Ranked 10th Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

Even though Americans are walking less, U.S. pedestrian deaths have risen by 45% since 2010. Cities are encouraging residents to walk and bike, but have not updated city streets (designed largely for motor vehicles) to accommodate pedestrians. Roads have been “engineered for fast-moving and unhindered vehicular traffic, with few pedestrian crossings…” (FastCompany.com) Where there are Read More

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West Columbia Drug Clinic at Fault in Fatal Crash

Columbia Metro Treatment Center in West Columbia, and its chain owner, Colonial Management Group will pay $10.5 million to settle two wrongful death lawsuits after one of its patients, under the influence of drugs, killed an elderly couple and their grandson in a 2015 auto accident. The order says that this lawsuit settlement almost exhausts Read More

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Drowsy Driving Comparable to Drunk Driving

The holidays are quickly approaching, and there will be many travelers on the roads, many driving after a long day at work. Some will be driving after getting virtually no sleep. Our busy lives can make the roads a dangerous place, especially when so many are on the roads. Fatigue can be caused by many Read More

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On-the-Job Motor Vehicle Accidents Up, Smartphone Usage Possibly Linked

                     New technology has cars steering themselves, braking automatically, warning drivers of other cars nearby, and helping the driver maintain safe following distances. Despite safety improvements, and this cutting-edge technology, motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) in the United States are on the rise. Although Workers’ Compensation (WC) claims have declined overall (due to workplace automation, robotics Read More

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Why Didn’t You Evacuate?

Living near the coast can be wonderful, with the beach so close by, and all the summer-related activities. It can also be a huge headache during hurricane season, especially when evacuation orders are issued. Government officials did just that, days before Florence, a then-Category 4 Hurricane was projected to hit the South Carolina/North Carolina coast. Read More

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