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Can I still recover damages if I was at fault in a car crash?

A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye. In that moment, you can go from having complete control of your vehicle to being injured in your wrecked, disabled car. However, while it may only take a second or two to get into an accident, there is often a lot that can happen during that time, and a lot of mistakes that can be made.

As you think about an accident and discuss it with police and/or insurance agents,  you may be worried that you could miss out on much needed damages if you admit to making any mistakes that contributed to the crash. However, you should know that in South Carolina, you can be partially at fault for an accident and still collect damages.

Why ATV accidents often involve children and teens

Any time a child is seriously injured or dies in a motor vehicle accident, it is truly a tragic event. These accidents can be particularly upsetting because young victims generally have no control over the situation and can be helpless.

Unfortunately, there are some types of accidents that seem to involve children and young teens more than others do. For instance, we often read about young victims of ATV accidents. Considering the fact that ATVs and other recreational vehicles are fairly common around parts of South Carolina, it can be important to consider the unique elements of these crashes that put young people in danger.

Attempt to pass motorcyclists goes catastrophically wrong

One of the most basic safety measures motorists should take when sharing the road with a motorcyclist is to give the rider as much space as they would give other vehicles. Unfortunately, too many drivers fail to do this. They cut off bikers, pull out right in front of them or get a little too close when passing.

While it may not seem like a big deal, the fact is that getting too close to a motorcycle can be disastrous in the event that a bike and car collide. Unlike the impact of when two cars brush up against each other, a minor brush between a car and a motorcycle can be enough to throw a rider off his or her bike.

New drowsy driving numbers are alarming

Did you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers drowsy driving a form of impaired driving? With respect to motorist safety, that puts staying awake for extended periods of time alongside being drunk, drugged or distracted. This month, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently published a report that presents current and historical findings about driving while sleep-deprived.

Some alarming numbers stand out: over 30 percent of drivers admitted to driving when they were so tired they had trouble keeping their eyes open - in the past 30 days. Considering it only takes seconds of being asleep to miss a turn or fail to brake, it's clear that drowsy driving can lead to dangerous situations.

4 types of people most likely to drive while drowsy

Fatigue is a very real problem that millions of Americans deal with on a regular basis. Many of us are working too long, battling stress and suffering from health conditions that make it all but impossible to regularly get enough sleep. This lack of rest is taking a toll on us in some unexpected places, like the roads and highways across South Carolina.

Fatigued driving is increasingly becoming a concern in the U.S. According to recent statistics, more than 5,000 people were killed in drowsy driving accidents last year, which is nearly an 8 percent increase.

How a trucker's smoking habits can be dangerous for others

Truck drivers and other commercial vehicle operators spend much more time behind the wheel than most other drivers do. A trucker can spend hours upon hours driving every single day, whereas you might spend just an hour in your car throughout the course of the day.

With that in mind, it makes sense that a trucker's habits behind the wheel have the potential to greatly affect other people because of how many motorists a trucker encounters every day. For instance, if a trucker smokes e-cigarettes while driving, he or she could be at a higher risk of crashing thanks to explosion risks associated with the electronic smoking devices.

After a minor car accident, don't forget to STOP

There are many things people are told to do after a motor vehicle accident. However, too often, people only associate these steps with major crashes and fail to take a few necessary precautions after minor collisions, like fender benders.

But even when the damage to your car and your health seem minor, you should still take some important measures to ensure you protect yourself and your property. Basically, you should just remember to S.T.O.P.

Number of people getting in 'app'cidents still cause for concern

We have all heard the warnings that distracted driving is dangerous driving. We know that it could be as dangerous as drunk driving and that in South Carolina, there are laws prohibiting certain forms of distracted driving, like texting and driving. 

But tragically, people are still distracted behind the wheel and causing serious, often fatal, car crashes. Perhaps this is due in part to the fact that some people think that as long as they aren't texting, they aren't distracted. However, there are plenty of ways people can be distracted behind the wheel, and many of them lurk in the apps on our phone.

Securing cargo: critical for keeping materials and motorists safe

When we load up our car with groceries, moving boxes or supplies for a road trip, we often take care to make sure everything is secure and protected. After all, we don't want anything to break or spill out.

However, when it comes to professionally transporting goods and materials, there is a lot more at stake than broken eggs or lamps. This is why there are numerous standards and procedures that must be observed to ensure cargo is loaded and secured properly. Unfortunately, truckers and shipping companies don't always comply with these practices.

Hit-and-run driver facing multiple charges in South Carolina

It is true that some car accidents are just that: accidents. They happen without warning and despite our best efforts to avoid them. Other accidents aren't accidents, however. They are the results of someone's careless, irresponsible actions behind the wheel. However, every driver is expected to make the right, responsible choice to stop after a collision whether an accident was truly accidental or not.

Unfortunately, not every driver does this. Thankfully, there are ways to identify and hold responsible drivers who cause or are involved in accidents and then flee the scene. Recently, for example, a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in South Carolina was identified thanks to witness statements.