Yesterday, your South Carolina trucking accident lawyers at Charleston's Howell and Christmas, LLC, discussed some statistics concerning the number of deaths on South Carolina roads. Those stats were comparing the number of fatalities in recent years to those that have occurred so far in 2011. While the numbers suggest that this year is trending to be deadlier than the last, some officials feel the numbers are skewed by the relationship between more cars on the road during the summer, means more fatal car accidents. And it should be noted that motor vehicle accidents are down two percent this year from last. So if it isn't the car and tractor trailer accidents that make 2011 appear to be more dangerous, then what is it? Well, according to the figures, it is a surge in fatal pedestrian accidents.
In yesterday's blog entry, it was noted that, despite seeming to happen to regularly, the report did not mention an increase in deadly pedestrian accidents in Charleston County. But, as mentioned before, this can be attributed to a lack of attention paid to the Lowcountry by Upsate reports, there may be a large amount of pedestrian accidents that don't result in death in the area, and it could be that Charleston County has simply not experienced an increase in pedestrian related road deaths.
With all that being said, this week the Charleston area has seen a couple fatal road accidents, one of which following the state's statistical spike, and one going against the figures. But, the two fatal incidents share one aspect in common, investigations into the incidents required authorities to look into the role a medical issue might have played in the cause of the fatal accidents.
On Tuesday, a 48-year-old woman from Miami Beach, Florida was hit by a car on Savannah Highway in Ravenel. According to authorities, the woman was walking along the shoulder of the highway at 9:20 a.m when a car went off the road and struck her. She died of the injuries incurred in the accident, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office. The driver in the accident, a man from Ludowici, Georgia was with a traffic violation, violation of due care. But, in the course of the Charleston County Sheriff's Department's investigation, it was discovered that the driving was dealing with a medical issue at the time of the fatal pedestrian accident. In the Post and Courier's report of the incident it does not disclose the specific injuries that killed the Florida woman, nor does it disclose the nature of the driver's medical issue.
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