Speeding in SC & Rules of the Road
Following the rules of the road is the most important, if not only, thing drivers should do when they're behind the wheel. Although getting a license is an exciting moment in most anyone's life, once the test is passed many forget much of what they learned prior to taking the written drivers license exam.
Furthermore, most drivers will never take the test ever again even when they get their license renewed. Years of driving experience are not enough to prevent drivers from being involved in a collision to their disobedience of the rules of the road.
In South Carolina there were more than 106,000 motor vehicle accident reported throughout the state in 2009. The top three causes of these accidents were all due to a driver failing to follow the rules of the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a driver who broke the South Carolina driving rules, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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South Carolina Rules of the Road
Each year a new drivers manual is issue as the states rules of the road often change. Unfortunately unless a driver keeps up with these new regulations or takes a refresh course many will be unaware of the changes. Furthermore drivers who are not from South Carolina may not realize that they are breaking the law and endangering others. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety more than 20,000 out-of-state drivers involved in accidents in 2009.
The following is a review of some of the basic South Carolina rules of the road.
Drivers should not drive above the speed limit however they should be aware that driving too far below the limit can also be dangerous. Speeding is a contributing factor in 30 percent of fatal car accidents. The fast you go, the longer your stopping distance is, and the more likely your car is to rollover or spin out of control if you suddenly have to avoid something.
What is the speed limit in South Carolina?
In a residential area the maximum un-posted speed limit is typically 30 miles per hour while in a rural area it is 55 miles per hour. However, drivers will typically see signs announcing the speed limit to the right of the road.
School Bus Stopping
When traveling behind a school bus or meeting the bus straight ahead on a two-lane road or on a four-lane roadway when traveling behind the bus, drivers must stop when the bus has their flashing lights on to load or unload passengers
When drivers see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights traveling in their path they must do all they can to provide the emergency vehicle a clear path. If it is safe to do so move your vehicle to the right side of the road however do not block their path in the process.
In South Carolina the safety belt law is now a primary law which permits officers to cite a driver for not wearing their seatbelt even if they are not violating any other laws. Furthermore the driver is responsible for requiring every occupant to wear a seatbelt unless they are over 17 years of age. Children should also be situated in the appropriate child safety seats and buckled in.
Drivers should also be aware of the rules of the road when it comes to pedestrians and bicyclists. Drivers are responsible for being alert and watch for all other persons who may out on the road whether they are on foot or on a bicycle.
Contact our Anderson Car Accident Lawyer Today
Being involved in a collision with a driver who failed to obey the rules of the road can be frustrating and many individuals are unaware of what they can do to fight for their rights. At Harbin & Burnett we believe in fighting for the rights of the injured, including those hurt in auto accidents.
Our lawyers can provide comprehensive legal counsel and help to guide you and your loved ones through the entire litigation process. We are committed to helping you get every dollar you deserve in the minimum time possible.
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