Georgia residents may have heard that a 29-year-old man has been charged with driving under the influence after a multi-car crash in South Carolina. South Carolina Highway Patrol officers detained the man following the accident. The early morning crash left two people injured and one person dead.
A 16-year-old driver told state patrol troopers that he fell asleep before crossing the center line on Georgia Highway 14 in LaGrange and causing a head-on collision. A state patrol corporal reported that two people died in the accident, and another remains hospitalized in Columbus with serious injuries. The names of the deceased could not be immediately released to the public.
Most Georgia drivers fear getting hit by a drunk driver. Getting into a vehicle that has an inebriated person behind the wheel can be just as dangerous. For example, a woman is facing felony DUI charges after she allegedly caused a deadly drunk driving crash in South Carolina on Jan. 27. The wreck killed three passengers riding in her vehicle.
Speeding is a persistent factor in traffic accidents, causing nearly one in three automobile-related fatalities every year. This is according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association entitled "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge." The highway safety non-profit is serious about reducing roadway fatalities to zero in Georgia and the rest of the U.S.
A 55-year-old South Carolina man was killed in an automobile accident in the early morning hours of Jan. 20 in Greenville County. The man was a passenger in a 1994 Ford pickup truck driven by a 29-year old man. Both men were from Travelers Rest.
Georgia drivers who are involved in accidents in which distracted driving is a factor may not always report the cause accurately. This is one of the challenges faced in gathering information about the relationship between distracted driving, including cellphone use, and motor vehicle accidents. Usually, attributing accidents to distracted driving involves either getting permission to examine drivers' phones or self-reporting from people involved in the accident.
Each year, reckless driving causes thousands of catastrophic car accidents across the United States, including in Georgia. When this happens, the responsible driver can face criminal and civil charges.
On the afternoon of Jan. 20, two teens were involved in a single-car accident in Coweta County, Georgia. An Infiiniti passenger car was traveling at a high rate of speed on Smokey Road when its teen driver lost control of the vehicle rounding a curve. The vehicle flipped over several times and hit some trees.
On Jan. 14, three people suffered serious injuries in a three-car crash in Georgia. The accident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. on W. Hwy. 16 southeast of Atlanta.
A 21-year-old South Carolina man faces up to 60 years in prison after allegedly causing a fatal accident while attempting to flee from Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office deputies. Media outlets have reported that the Boiling Springs resident has been denied bond and is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center on charges of failing to stop when ordered to do so by a peace officer, street racing, hit-and-run resulting in a death and malicious injury.