Fatal Thanksgiving Weekend Traffic Accidents Higher This Year


Seven people died in South Carolina traffic accidents over this Thanksgiving weekend compared to three in 2010. Fatal accidents increased despite an amped up police presence designed to catch speeders and drunk drivers. Even troopers normally assigned to administrative duty were required to patrol South Carolina highways. Of the seven victims, one was a motorcyclist, and five others were not wearing a seatbelt.

One of the victims was a 55-year-old man who crashed into a tree in a residential neighborhood and was dead by the time emergency responders arrived. A woman was struck by a drunk driver as she stood beside her daughter’s disabled vehicle. A 47-year-old woman died when her car ran off the road and flipped on US 17 in Waccamaw Neck. Another fatal accident claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl in Anderson County.

AAA Carolinas had projected an eight percent increase in travelers on South Carolina’s roads this holiday season. The estimated number of travelers, 611,000, represents nearly 49,000 more people compared to 2010. This increase may have contributed to the increase in fatal accidents.

The Louthian Law Firm, P.A., South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers, has been helping car accident victims obtain fair compensation for their injuries since 1959. We provide each of our clients with individual attention.



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