Large truck crash deaths in the U.S. went up significantly between the years 2009 and 2017. In all, 35,882 people died in these collisions. At the same time, the eight-year period saw a decline in the number of miles driven by commercial truckers. South Carolina residents should know that some solutions to the increase are available.
In South Carolina, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent. Drivers who are caught with a BAC of 0.08 or above can face fines, license suspension and other penalties. Unfortunately, drunk driving is still a common occurrence, and drunk driving fatalities account for approximately one-third of all fatalities resulting from traffic injuries.
External airbags to lessen the severity of auto accidents in South Carolina and around the country have been a topic of discussion. In fact, recent data compiled by ZF has revealed these innovative external airbags have the potential to reduce vehicle occupant injuries by as much as 40 percent.
The roads in South Carolina are more dangerous at night for several reasons. Darkness reduces visibility and the glare from oncoming headlights can temporarily blind motorists. However, fatigue and impairment are the primary nighttime dangers, according to road safety experts. After analyzing federal traffic accident data gathered over many years, National Safety Council researchers concluded that the chances of being involved in a crash increase threefold after dark.
Truck, bus and other commercial vehicle drivers in South Carolina may remember the International Roadcheck that occurred in June. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds this three-day inspection spree once a year across North America in the effort to ensure driver and vehicle compliance with federal safety standards.
The Society for Risk Analysis has recently published a situation-based analysis of driver behaviors, which may be of interest to drivers in South Carolina. The analysis focused on distracted driving and those groups that are at a high risk for it. Drivers who had a strong intention to use their mobile phone behind the wheel were classified under four profiles: inexperienced drivers, uninhibited drivers, drivers with little sense of road safety and women drivers.