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Tragic Crash Reported on Highway 20 in Anderson County, South Carolina


March 24, 2020

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC - Wspa.com writes that a fatal collision occurred this week in Anderson County. The crash happened in the later evening and led to lane closures in both directions. Information regarding the accident is currently limited. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into the wreck. *

South Carolina has a poor record when it comes to deadly car crashes. A study recently indicated that the state ranks third in the nation in deadly wrecks. The average number of fatal crashes for South Carolina was more than twenty per 100,000 people. The only states with a higher number of deaths per capita were Mississippi and Alabama. In 2016, the state received criticism for its low number of distracted driving citations. Only 53 were issued that year, and the fine for violating the law was only $25 dollars in many cases. South Carolina's distracted driving-related laws were criticized for not being strict enough.

Distracted motorists killed 2,841 people in 2018, including people in cars, cyclists, and pedestrians. About 400,000 people suffered injuries during that same year because of distracted drivers. 

When it comes to avoiding crashes, there are several behaviors that are recommended. Of course, drivers should not operate a vehicle while using their phones or being distracted. In order to avoid the temptation posed by phone, turn the device off when entering the car, and place it out of reach. Of course, it is vital to pay attention to the road. 

Drivers concerned about South Carolina's high rate of tragic crashes can also suggest that their workplace implement policies to discourage distracted driving and that their state or city enact harsher laws in order to deter this dangerous behavior. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com -click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://www.wspa.com/news/local-news/troopers-at-scene-of-deadly-wreck-on-hwy-20-in-anderson-co/

https://www.wistv.com/story/38030136/sc-ranked-no-3-deadliest-state-for-fatal-car-crashes-study-says/

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

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