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Despite advancements in technology, traffic collisions, and particularly traffic casualties, are still on the rise. In fact, fatalities and serious injuries have been steadily, and sometimes rapidly, rising over the last decade. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there were more than 40,000 traffic deaths last year in 2018, 14 percent higher than in 2016. 2018 was the third year in a row that more than 40,000 Americans died in traffic collisions.

 

Driver Behavior Remains the Leading Cause of Deaths and Injuries

There are a few reasons why traffic casualties have increased over the last decade. For one, the economy has rebounded, so people are driving more. Larger car sizes, including the prevalence of SUVs that are more likely to kill pedestrians and cyclists, as well as other car occupants, is another reason. In fact, according to The Verge, the number of pedestrians killed by SUVs has increased by 81 percent in the last decade. However, driving behavior is the largest cause of vehicular deaths and injuries. According to the NSC, “Driver behavior is likely contributing to the numbers staying stubbornly high.” But what does driver behavior actually mean? As someone who was recently injured by another driver, you likely have first-hand experience with another’s poor driving behavior whether you realize it or not. While the other party may have told you or the police that they did not see you, or that they did not know what caused the collision, it is all too likely that they were engaged in one of the following behaviors that is known to lead to collisions:

  • Texting and driving;
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving;
  • Using another type of electronic devices, such as a GPS or even a laptop, while driving;
  • Distracted driving of another type, such as making eye contact while talking to a passenger or reaching for something in the back seat;
  • Speeding or driving aggressively;
  • Moving in and out of lanes haphazardly, without a turn signal, or in a dangerous or reckless manner;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Drowsy driving;
  • Impatient driving; or
  • Multiple of the above

 

What an Attorney Can Do to Prove Negligence

In order to hold the other driver liable for your damages, it is best to be able to recreate the entire picture of what happened. By leaving no room for argument about what happened and precisely how the crash occurred, you decrease the chances of the other party getting off with only partial (comparative) negligence. An experienced Anderson Car Accident attorney takes no chances by employing the following measures when necessary:

  • Detailed interviews with all parties, including eyewitnesses;
  • Hiring professional crash scene recreationists;
  • Utilizing expert witnesses in court; and
  • Subpoena of phone records.

 

A South Carolina Traffic Injury and Fatality Attorney Can Help Prove Negligence

The first step in ensuring that you win your personal injury case is to find an Anderson Auto Accident attorney who will stop at nothing to reveal the other party’s negligence. Here at the Anderson, S.C., law offices of Krause, Moorhead & Draisen, P.A. Law Firm, we deliver real results for our clients. Call or contact us today at 864-932-3001 to schedule a free consultation.

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Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.