How to Stay Safe When Using an Uber or Lyft Rideshare

According to a new study, ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are responsible for a three percent increase in annual traffic fatalities. This amounts to 1,100 fatalities a year due to catastrophic ridesharing accidents.

This study is not the only report to suggest that ridesharing services are dangerous. According to the Washington Post, ridesharing services increase congestion on the road and reduce the use of public transportation. This increases your chances of becoming involved in an accident while driving.

Tips for Staying Safe When Using an Uber or Lyft

When using a rideshare service, it is important to understand the dangers and risks associated with this form of transportation. Understanding these risks can help you mitigate them. Next time you use an Uber or Lyft, keep these rideshare safety tips in mind.

  • Wait for your ride inside. When requesting a ride, wait somewhere safe. Standing outside with your phone in your hand could increase your chances of being the victim of a crime. Do not go outside until your driver has arrived.
  • Check the license plate number of your driver’s vehicle and match it to your app. Make sure that you confirm the right car is picking you up. Match the license plate, car make and model and driver photo that is provided in the Uber or Lyft app. This will help you determine that you are in the right vehicle.
  • Have the driver confirm your name. For an added layer of safety, ask the driver to confirm your name before you get in the vehicle.
  • Sit in the back seat if you are riding alone. The back seat is the safest place in the vehicle during an accident. In addition, it provides distance and a safety barrier between you and the driver. Sitting in the backseat also enables you to safely exit the vehicle away from traffic on either side of the car.
  • Always wear your seat belt. According to the CDC, wearing a seat belt is the best way to reduce your risk of injury in a collision. Always remember to wear your seat belt when taking an Uber or Lyft.
  • Share your trip details with family and friends. The Uber and Lyft app allows you to share the details of your trip with family members and friends. Tap “share trip status” in the app, and your loved ones will receive the driver’s name, photograph, license plate number and your location.
  • Trust your gut. Sometimes things just do not seem right. If you are concerned about your driver and his or her driving, then do not get in the vehicle or ask to be dropped off immediately. If you believe you are in danger, then call 911 as soon as possible. You can also use the emergency button located in the Uber or Lyft apps. This provides your real-time location to law enforcement.

Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Rideshare Accident Lawyers

Have you suffered an injury in a rideshare accident in South Carolina? If so, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, injured rideshare accident victims do not always know where to turn for help.

At the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson Jr., our rideshare accident lawyers know how to fight aggressively for our injured clients. With offices conveniently located in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster or Union, we are there when you need us the most. Call us at (803) 324-7200 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case.

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After a Car Accident

Seeking medical care is a top priority after a car accident. In addition to ensuring that you are safe after a physically traumatic event, medical care offers you tangible evidence of the car crash. This is essential if you plan on pursuing a personal injury claim or negotiating a settlement with the insurance company. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers have created a list of questions to ask your doctor after an accident. These questions will help you begin building your case.

How Long Will It Take to Recover?

Recovery is often a long and tumultuous process. Your doctor should be able to provide you with an estimate of how long it will take for you to make a full recovery. This information will help you prove that the accident negatively affected your life over a period of time.

Will I Be Able to Work During Recovery? If So, What Limitations Do I Have?

For many people, the biggest concern about recovery time is whether or not they can work. Lost income adds additional stress to an already-difficult time when you are expecting large medical bills. It is important to ask your doctor whether or not your injury will prevent you from working and if there are any limitations regarding your work. You may have to work shorter hours or take on less physically demanding tasks. Before you leave your appointment, ensure that you have the paperwork you need to request time off or receive accommodations from your employer.

What Are My Injuries? How Severe Are They?

When negotiating with the insurance company, you will need to provide them with a thorough account of your injuries, including where they are located and their severity. Your doctor should be willing to provide thorough documentation of your injuries that can be used as evidence in court. Hard evidence regarding your injuries is an essential tool for our South Carolina car accident lawyers as they negotiate a fair settlement with the other party’s insurance company.

What Caused My Injuries?

This is one of the most important questions to ask a doctor after a car accident. You already know that your injuries were caused by a car accident. However, insurance companies typically need this to be verified by a medical professional before they are willing to negotiate.

Your doctor can identify how specific injuries occurred. For example, they can document that you are suffering from a concussion due to hitting your head on the steering wheel. This expert opinion can help you obtain compensation from the other party’s insurance provider.

Will I Need Further Care Down the Line?

Even if the majority of your injuries heal fairly quickly, there may be lingering symptoms that require long-term treatment. Most severe injuries often require long-term care. As an example, victims who sustain traumatic brain injuries during car accidents may need periodic MRIs, around-the-clock nursing care or mood stabilizers for the rest of their lives.

Reach Out to Our South Carolina Car Accident Lawyers

The path to recovery may seem long, but working with experienced personal injury attorneys can limit your stress and allow you to focus on healing. Get your free case evaluation now—call the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson Jr. in Rock Hill at (803) 324-7200 to get started.

Summer Driving Tips: Safe Driving on Your Vacation

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It’s finally summer vacation season, which means you may be preparing for a long road trip. Summer is the most dangerous time to drive, which means you should take extra precautions. Here are four tips for safe driving on your summer vacation:

Do a Safety Check

The last thing you want on the way to your vacation is a stressful and potentially expensive vehicle breakdown. Before taking a long trip, you should perform a general safety check on your vehicle or go to a mechanic to ensure that it’s in good working order. Be sure to check your tires, battery, belts, coolant, radiator, oil level, headlights and tail lights. If you have any doubts about your vehicle’s reliability, take it to a mechanic for a tune up.

Bring an Emergency Kit

You never know what could go wrong during your trip, so be prepared with an emergency kit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends packing a kit containing the following:

  • Cell phone and car charger
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Flares and a white flag
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Jack (and ground mat) for changing a tire
  • Work gloves and a change of clothes
  • Basic repair tools and duct tape
  • Water and paper towels for cleaning up
  • Nonperishable food, drinking water and medicines
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Maps
  • Emergency blankets, towels and coats

Also, be sure to pack your license, registration, and car insurance card, as well as a phone number for a national automotive assistance company.

Rest

Being well rested is an important part of long-distance driving. Driving while drowsy increases your risk of an accident and causes around 850 deaths per year. Don’t risk your life and the lives of your passengers by driving too long or driving while tired. Get a good night’s sleep before leaving and take turns driving, switching every few hours. If no one else can drive, be sure to make a pit stop at least once every two hours. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself awake; this also forces you to stop for bathroom breaks. If you start to feel tired, pull over for a short nap.

Practice Safe Driving

Safe driving practices are even more important during long-distance travel. Follow all traffic laws, including posted speed limits. Avoid distractions like talking on the phone, texting and eating while driving. Make a habit of looking far ahead of you for potential dangers. Look five cars ahead (or ten in dense traffic) to spot any problems ahead of time. You should also do your best to avoid heavy traffic, which can be dangerous and will slow your trip. When planning your route, avoid going through major cities during rush hour.

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Troubling News About Traffic Accidents in South Carolina

Traffic Accidents In South Carolina

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According to the 2015 South Carolina Crash Statistics Clock, there is a traffic collision:

  • taking place in our state every 3.9 minutes
  • causing injuries every 13.9 minutes in South Carolina, with someone being injured every 9 minutes
  • damaging property in South Carolina every 5.5 minutes
  • leading to at least one fatality every 9.6 hours, with someone being killed once every 8.9 hours

Here are additional concerning collision statistics from the same source:

  • Someone is killed in a DUI accident (.08+) every 29.1 hours
  • A teen driver is involved in a fatal or injury collision every 1.3 hours
  • One unrestrained motor vehicle occupant is killed every 27.5 hours
  • One bicyclist is killed every 22.8 days
  • One motorcyclist is killed every 2.6 days
  • One pedestrian is killed every 2.9 days
  • One child under the age of six is seriously injured or killed every 7 days

Increasing Numbers of Accidents

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Traffic fatalities increased from 823 in 2014 to 979 in 2015, which is a 19 percent increase. Plus, by looking at fatalities in another way, via the death rate by mileage, this also increased: from 1.65 deaths per million vehicle miles of travel in 2014 to 1.89 in 2015.

Traffic-related injuries also increased, with 58,604 in 2015, a 10.5 percent increase from the previous year.

Traffic collisions are the cause of economic loss in South Carolina, as well, measuring in the billions of dollars every year. This is because of associated medical costs, lost productivity and property damage, which doesn’t even begin to factor in the intangibles such as grief and suffering.

The economic impact is also increasing in our state: $4.12 billion in 2015, up by 15 percent from 2014.

Why South Carolina?

Traffic Accidents In South Carolina

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“Rural roadways, speeding and careless driving could be making South Carolina among the deadliest states in the nation for drivers.” (PostAndCourier.com)

This 2016 article cites a study that uses National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data – one that ranks South Carolina drivers as the third worst in the nation. This is the fifth year for this study, and South Carolina has landed in the five top worst spots for the past four years. Even more troubling, our state ranked first for the vehicular fatality rate when using the most recent data available. Drunk driving? Tenth. Speeding and careless driving? Seventh.

Another report shows that, by August 2016, every county in South Carolina already had one or more traffic fatalities for the year to date.

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More Safe Driving Tips for Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day safe driving tips

The National Safety Council is estimating that 405 fatalities will occur over Labor Day weekend this year. In past years, their estimates have been close to the actual fatalities (sometimes their estimates went over, sometimes under) and they are providing safe driving tips to help make 2017 the year when the fatalities are much less than expected.

We recently blogged about some of their safe driving tips and we’re sharing three more tips here.

#1 Keep children in properly installed safety seats at all times

It’s important to make sure that the safety seats are the appropriate models for the children’s ages and sizes. HealthyChildren.org, a site by the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides detailed specifications for car seats; these recommendations have been updated on July 18, 2017, so these are the latest ones available. You can find specific product recommendations from them for 2017 here.

As general guidelines, infants and toddlers should use rear-facing-only or rear-facing convertible seats until they are two years old or when they reach the maximum height or weight size allowed by the manufacturer. Toddlers and preschoolers should use convertible car seats or forward-facing ones with harnesses. These should be used until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer. The site contains significantly more detailed information about these seats, as well as recommendations for school-aged children and beyond.

#2 Allow enough travel time

When you feel as though you don’t have enough time to get where you need to go, it can be tempting to speed – which makes driving more hazardous for you and for other drivers on the road. And, even if you don’t speed, when you feel pressured by time, you’ll naturally feel frustrated and won’t be driving at your best.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is a top factor in traffic crashes. The estimated economic cost of speeding-related accidents is $40.4 billion – and that’s annually. In 2012, speeding served as a factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes. The number of lives lost in speed-related crashes in 2012 alone was 10,219.

#3 Be alert when driving, exercising extreme caution

National Public Radio shares results from a December 2016 report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that indicates how drivers who get only five to six hours of sleep are twice as likely to crash as those who get seven hours or more. And, drivers who only sleep four to five hours are involved in four times as many crashes, nearly as many as the rate for drunk drivers. Plus, twenty percent of fatal accidents in the United States involve a driver who is sleepy.

South Carolina Car Accident Attorney

Over this Labor Day weekend, we urge you to follow the safe driving tips provided by the National Safety Council. These will help you to stay safe. But, we understand that car accidents still happen – and that insurance companies may not offer you the settlement you deserve.

That’s why the personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson are here to represent you and advocate for you, to help ensure you receive full compensation. So, schedule a free case evaluation online or call us at:

Looking Ahead to Labor Day: Safe Driving Tips

Labor Day safe driving tips

We’ve got a nice, long weekend coming up, from September 1-4, and the forecast for gas prices looks favorable. In fact, at the time of writing this post, South Carolina still had the lowest gas prices in the country, averaging $2.05 a gallon. Temperatures are expected to be in the comfortable low 80s over Labor Day weekend, so everything is looking good for an enjoyable holiday.

Cheaper gas prices mean more people will be on the road, of course, so the National Safety Council is offering safe driving tips for the Labor Day weekend. Here they are:

#1 Don’t drink and drive

Safe driving tips that we offered for the Fourth of July also apply for this weekend. The focus of that post is to help you prevent friends from drinking and driving. Here are additional tips to help you safely enjoy holiday parties – and here are recipes for delicious and refreshing mocktails, which are cocktails with all the flavor but none of the alcohol.

Law enforcement professionals in South Carolina do set up drunk driving checkpoints, with the goal being to keep the roads safe, and you can count on them being on alert during the holiday weekend. So, don’t drink and drive.

#2 Wear your seat belt

The National Safety Council is predicting that 148 people may survive a collision over the Labor Day weekend because of seat belts. You can find more information about seat belt laws in South Carolina at the website of the SC Department of Public Safety. This page also lists five ways in which wearing a seat belt will help to prevent injuries, and we’re quoting them here:

  1. Preventing ejection
  2. Shifting crash forces to the strongest parts of the body’s structure
  3. Spreading forces over a wide area of the body
  4. Allowing the body to slow down gradually
  5. Protecting the head and spinal cord

#3 Create a distraction-free zone for drivers

While cells phones are handy to have in the car in case of emergency, calls, incoming texts and the like can be quite distracting. So can the need to manipulate a GPS. So, as a driver, make a plan to avoid being distracted, and stick with it. As a passenger, you can help the driver, perhaps by monitoring the GPS and otherwise making it easy for him or her to keep eyes on the road.

Watch for an upcoming post that will share more safe driving tips for Labor Day weekend.

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Proceed with Caution: Even More Summer Driving Hazards

summer driving hazards

In the summer, you may spend more time than usual driving to family reunions, vacations or camping trips – and, along with that extra driving comes extra risks. Summer is the deadliest season for driving, with the rate of traffic fatalities doubling during the summer months. Here are four more hazards of summer driving and how to stay safe.

Young Drivers

Teenagers have less experience than other drivers, making them more prone to car accidents. Drivers aged 16 to 19 are about three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20. Most teenage drivers are out of school during the summer months and, as a result, spend more time on the road and get in more car accidents. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been dubbed the “100 deadliest days” by AAA due to the increase in teen driver fatalities. Though you cannot keep inexperienced drivers off the road, you can stay safe by paying attention and practicing defensive driving, especially when near teen drivers.

Wild Animals

As you travel farther away from civilization to a vacation or camping trip, you increase your risk of hitting a wild animal. South Carolina is considered a high risk state for deer-vehicle collisions, with 1 in 93 drivers experiencing a collision in 2015 and 2016. Crashes involving large animals such as deer and bears can cause significant vehicle damage and personal injury. Decrease your risk of hitting a wild animal by using your high beams at night, except when there is oncoming traffic, and using extra caution between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. – and 5 p.m. and midnight.

Potholes

Winter tends to be rough on roads, often causing potholes due to snow and frozen rain expanding under the asphalt. In summer, heat and higher traffic can worsen these potholes or make them more numerous. With one-third of fatal traffic accidents involving poor road conditions, potholes can be dangerous for drivers. They can cause tire and wheel damage, and at high speeds can nearly destroy your car’s front end. When you see a pothole in the road, drive around it if you can do so safely. If not, slow down before driving over it, but do not hit the brakes while your wheel is inside the pothole, as it could damage your brakes.

Allergies

Allergies can be a hassle during the spring and summer, but they can also be a threat to your driving. A recent study found that drivers who suffered from allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny noses and headaches – and took no allergy medication – drove comparably to those with a blood alcohol content of .03 percent. To stay alert during allergy season, take a non-drowsy allergy medication to help with your symptoms before getting behind the wheel.

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Aggressive Driving (Road Rage!) and its Role in Car Accidents

more summer driving hazards

Many of us are guilty of driving aggressively on occasion. In fact, a study by AAA found that nearly 80 percent of drivers felt anger, aggression or road rage in the past year. Tensions can rise on the road, leading to speeding, tailgating, lane-weaving and cutting off other drivers. But these maneuvers have consequences: more than half of all traffic fatalities are a result of aggressive driving.

Not only can aggressive driving cause accidents, but they also lead to another dangerous behavior: road rage. Road rage is an even more destructive form of aggressive driving, during which a driver purposefully breaks the law or attempts to provoke, intimidate or harm others. Road rage can include shouting, threatening, using obscene gestures or excessive use of the horn. In extreme cases, road raged drivers may resort to violence by chasing another vehicle, deliberately slamming into the vehicle or trying to run it off the road.

One common problem with many drivers is that they don’t realize how their anger and frustration is causing them to drive unsafely. Here are some tips to avoid angry driving:

  1. Give yourself more than enough travel time to reach your destination.
  2. If you’re late, call ahead and explain the situation rather than trying to make up lost time on the road.
  3. Try to adjust your schedule to avoid peak traffic times. Use traffic reports or traffic apps to learn about delays before you’re caught in them.
  4. Make your vehicle as comfortable as possible. If you find music, podcasts or the radio soothing rather than distracting, listen to them when you begin to feel frustrated.
  5. Pay attention to the way you sit. Lean back in your seat, hold the steering wheel loosely and avoid grinding your teeth.
  6. Remember that traffic jams, red lights and the behavior of other drivers are beyond your control. You can only control how you react, and getting angry will not help the situation.
  7. When driving, you will see people doing illegal, inconsiderate and stupid things. Don’t take other drivers’ actions personally and don’t think that you can teach them a lesson. Responding to aggressive driving with aggressive driving only makes the road less safe.

Even if you manage to avoid driving aggressively, it’s very likely that you will encounter other drivers who show signs of aggressive driving or even road rage. When you are around these drivers, you should take steps to keep yourself safe:

  1. Avoid offending other drivers. Don’t force them to change directions or slam on their brakes in response to your actions. Always follow the law and be considerate when driving.
  2. Avoid eye contact with drivers who seem dangerous.
  3. Remain calm and relaxed, even if an aggressive driver does something that inconveniences you or threatens your safety.
  4. Move away from an aggressive driver if you can do so safely.
  5. If a driver starts following you, don’t stop or leave your vehicle. Drive to a police station instead.

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More About the Hazards of Summer Driving

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During this time of year, you may be busy daydreaming about your summer vacation plans, but don’t let that distract you from driving safely. Summer is the most dangerous season to drive, from traffic accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Continuing our previous post on summer car accidents, here are five more common hazards of summer driving:

Drowsy Driving

Long road trips, parties and days at the beach can leave you feeling tired. But drowsy driving can have serious consequences. It lowers your reaction time and makes it more likely that you will fall asleep at the wheel. According to AAA, two out of five drivers report having fallen asleep while driving at least once in their lives. One in 10 reports having done so within the past year. Driving tired increases your risk of an accident: around one in six fatal traffic accidents involves a drowsy driver. To stay alert behind the wheel, get at least six hours of sleep before driving. For long trips, take a break every two hours or 100 miles.

Overheating

Scorching summer weather can affect your car’s engine, especially if you’re driving a long way or using the air conditioner. Be sure to change your oil and check your coolant, radiator, cooling fan and thermostat to prevent your car from overheating. If you notice that the temperature gauge in your car is higher than normal, pull over immediately and turn off the engine.

More Pedestrians

Warm summer weather often encourages people to walk rather than drive to their destinations, bringing more pedestrians to the streets and sidewalks. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable on the road. In fact, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. Keep a lookout for pedestrians when driving in the summer, especially in urban areas and at night. Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and avoid passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk, as someone could be crossing the street. Check for pedestrians more than once before turning.

Tire Blowouts

Tire blowouts are more likely to occur in the summer for a variety of reasons. The hot air expands inside the tire, putting pressure on any weak or worn spots. Tires that are underinflated experience more friction, making it easier for the tire components to overheat. Check your tire pressure regularly and keep an eye out for any damage. Increase your tire pressure if you’re carrying extra weight as advised in your vehicle handbook.

Playing Children

When school is out, there are many more children playing outside during the day, often unsupervised. Children may run out into the street without checking for cars first. To prevent a terrible accident, drive slowly through residential areas and be prepared to stop at any moment.

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Hazards of Summer Driving Lead to More Car Accidents

summer driving hazards

The hazards of winter driving are well known, but the reality is that summer is the most dangerous time of year to drive. The number of traffic accidents are higher between Memorial Day and Labor Day than during the rest of the year. July and August are in fact the two deadliest months on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. When you travel this summer, prepare yourself for the additional hazards you may encounter:

Construction

Summer often brings an increase in construction work on roadways. Construction sites often cause traffic to slow down and become more congested, bringing an increased risk of accidents. Do your best to account for work zones in your travel plans, either avoiding them or giving yourself extra time to reach your destination. When you do have to drive in a construction zone, use extra caution. Stay alert, slow down to posted speeds and pay attention to warning signs. If lanes are closed in a construction zone, be sure to merge early into the correct lane.

Heavier Traffic

The summer months are the most popular time for road trips and family vacations, meaning there are more people on the road than during other times of the year. More people means a greater chance for an accident. Traffic jams can lead to impatient, frustrated drivers who may drive unsafely to reach their destination quicker. Keep safe in heavy traffic by being patient, avoiding distractions and being considerate to other drivers.

More Motorcycles and Bicycles

The number of motorcycles on the road has increased over 45 percent since 2004, and the number of motorcyclists has doubled. Bicycling has also become more popular, with a 64 percent increase in cyclists traveling to work between 2000 and 2012. Warm weather brings more motorcyclists and bicyclists on the road, adding another safety consideration for motorists. Motorcycles and bicycles can be difficult to see and can easily slip into your blind spot. During the summer, look twice before turning or changing lanes. Give bicyclists and motorcyclists plenty of space and increase your following distance to avoid an accident.

Wet Weather

Rainfall can make roads slippery and lead to visibility issues and flash flooding. Drive slowly when roads are wet and leave extra braking distance. Be especially careful during the first ten minutes of rainfall. The buildup of dust, oil and diesel make roads even more slippery before it’s washed away. If a road has been dry for more than three weeks, it may stay slippery for several days. Hydroplaning is another danger of driving in the rain. When the road is wet, lower your speed by one third (i.e., if the speed limit is 45 miles per hour, drive at 30 miles per hour or slower) and maintain a following distance of five seconds.

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