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Distracted Driving Blamed for Increase in I-85 Accidents

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Sep 25, 2015 in Auto Accidents

rush hour trafficAccording to state accident reports, there has been an increase in car accidents on Interstate 85 involving cars slamming into the back of stopped or slow-moving cars stuck in traffic. Officials attribute the increase to distracted drivers who are texting and driving, reaching for something or simply distracted while driving.

The 408 recorded accidents so far this year is an increase from 314 accidents during the same time last year. That means more deaths and more injuries along the states major expressway.

Car accidents deaths as a whole have been increasing this year in South Carolina and across the country. So far, 10 people have died in 1,794 accidents on I-85 in South Carolina. There were only four deaths total last year.

Most of the accidents happen during rush hour in the morning and early evening, with the majority occurring between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Officials encourage those who must travel during those times to give themselves extra time so that there is no pressure to speed.

State Troopers attribute the increase in accidents to a few main problems: driving while under the influence, drivers and passengers not wearing a seatbelt, distracted driving and speeding.

Cpl. William T. Rhyne, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol who also commutes on I-85 daily, provided an example of the typical culprit in this type of accident.

He said the problem occurs most often when a driver is travelling at the speed limit, then looks down to check a text message or social media as they are coming over a hill or around a corner. Because they are not paying attention to the road, they do not see the congestion they are fast-approaching, leaving them no time to react or avoid an accident.

If you or someone you love is injured because of another drivers negligence and failure to pay attention while driving, our South Carolina auto accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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