While all your holiday shopping needs have likely subsided, you might be compelled to shop any deals or make returns. Because of that, stores still have heavy traffic flow of consumers getting what they really wanted for Christmas. While stores are often prepared for this ongoing increase in customers, they may not always be able to keep up with the store fast enough. This could mean hazards being overlooked or spills not being cleaned up fast enough.
To those that celebrate Christmas, this holiday can mean a variety of things to individuals and families in South Carolina and elsewhere. For some, it could mean traveling near or far to spend time with family. For others, it could mean venturing out to holiday events and parties. Finally, it could mean frantically driving store to store in order to purchase gifts on loved one's lists. No matter what way a person celebrates the upcoming holiday; the reality is that an increased amount of vehicles are on the roadways. This presents an increased chance in automobile collisions occurring.
While December is a busy month for residents in South Carolina and elsewhere, this does not mean that we do not have the time to stop and look at our surroundings. This is especially true for motorists traveling in areas where pedestrians frequent. During the holiday season, this tends to be near stores, malls and parking lots, however, schools are a concerning area year round. This is because young children are walking during the morning and afternoon hours outside of the school when parents and buses are also transporting students to the school.
For a number of years, national statistics showed a slow but steady decline in the number of traffic fatalities. Researchers pointed to many possible explanations, including improved safety equipment and increased awareness and enforcement of drunk driving laws. However, in the past two years the trend has appeared to reverse.
Much like the name implies, accidents are unexpected events. No one can assume that he or she will be an accident victim, and they certainly cannot prepare for such a tragic event occurring. Thus, when you are injured in an accident, it is vital to understand what happened, what caused the incident, if another party is accountable and whether you have legal recourses available.
When we set foot on someone else's property, whether it's to shop at a store, dine at a restaurant or simply walk on a sidewalk, we place a certain trust in the owner of the property to keep the premises reasonably safe. Under South Carolina law, the owner has a duty to periodically inspect the property and repair hazards so as to avoid accidents that might harm visitors.
While motorists in South Carolina and elsewhere expect to encounter other vehicles while traveling on the roadways, they do not anticipate a driver coming at them head-on. A wrong-way driver is a very dangerous and serious situation on the roadway. No matter the reason for a driver traveling in the wrong direction, if a wrong-way crash ensues, this is likely to result in serious and even fatal injuries for those involved.
When we enter public or private property, we are under the assumption that property owners have taken proactive measures to make the environment safe for visitors and patrons. Thus, when we encounter a slippery floor, damaged carpet, unsafe stairwell or an unlit parking lot, it is a shocking incident. Individuals in South Carolina not only don't expect to slip while on the property of another, but they also do not expect to suffer serious injuries as a result of a slip and fall.
In many of our posts, we have highlighted a number of dangers that South Carolina drivers face, including distracted drivers, drunk drivers and drowsy drivers. However, we have not touched upon how the law treats injured parties when their own actions (at least in part) may have caused the accident leading to their.
Drunk driving and distracted driving are two taboos that garner a great deal of public service announcements, especially with Labor Day weekend approaching. Both can lead to criminal penalties in the state of South Carolina and both cause thousands of crashes each year. At the same time, drowsy driving is not decried in the same way, even though it can be just as dangerous.