1 Killed, 1 Injured in Solo-Vehicle Crash
When people think of car accidents, they often imagine crashes involving multiple vehicles. However, not all accidents involve more than one vehicle. Solo-vehicle crashes are common occurrences, accounting for more than 50% of auto accidents. and sadly, they often result in fatality.
One person was recently killed in a solo-vehicle crash in Columbia. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of June 18 on Pine Street.
A vehicle was traveling on Pine Street, near Thor Road, when it went off the road for unknown reasons. The vehicle then hit a culvert, overturned, and hit a pole. The driver was killed in the crash.
There were two passengers in the vehicle. One was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. The other was not injured. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash. The cause is unknown.
Causes of Solo-Vehicle Crashes
Solo-vehicle accidents can be caused by various factors, including the following:
- Speeding is unsafe, increasing the odds that you’ll collide with another object. Speed also increases the risk of loss of control or rollover. Going too fast around a curve or in inclement weather is especially dangerous.
- Distracted driving. When driving, it’s important to stay focused on the road. Distractions, such as cell phone use, talking to passengers, eating, reading, grooming, and adjusting the radio, can all cause you to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the steering wheel. This can increase your risk of getting into a crash.
- Drunk driving. Getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol is dangerous. Judgment and reaction time decrease, making you a hazard to everyone on the road. Those under the influence of alcohol are more prone to speeding, swerving, and losing control, increasing their risk of an accident.
- Running off the road. Many solo-vehicle crashes involve running off the road. This can happen for various reasons. Sometimes it is caused by speeding or falling asleep while behind the wheel. Sometimes drivers swerve to avoid obstacles in the road and end up going off the road.
- Poor road conditions. Potholes, debris, puddles, and ice can all cause a vehicle to spin out and lose control. Sometimes a driver cannot correct themselves in time, causing an accident to occur.
- Animals in the road. Many solo-vehicle crashes are caused by hitting an object, such as an animal. In some areas, wildlife such as deer are common. These animals can cause a lot of damage to a vehicle, so drivers try to avoid them. When they can’t react in time, a serious crash can occur.
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Car accidents can happen at any time. It takes an instant for a car to go off the road and cause catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Seek legal help from the Columbia car accident lawyers at Simmons Law Firm. We can help car accident victims recover physically and financially after a crash. To schedule a free consultation, call (803) 779-4600 or fill out the online form.