Accidents caused by distracted driving are a nationwide problem – one which claims innocent lives on a daily basis. Now, researchers shed some light on distractions that are riskier than others.
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Columbia - The primary city of South Carolina's Midlands region
Columbia is the capital and largest city in South Carolina, with a population of 133,803 as of 2015. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 810,068 by July 1, 2015, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. The name Columbia was a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.
The city is located approximately 13 miles northwest of the geographic center of South Carolina, and is the primary city of the Midlands region of the state. It lies at the confluence of the Saluda River and the Broad River, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River. Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, the state's flagship and largest university, and is also the site of Fort Jackson, the largest United States Army installation for Basic Combat Training.
Major highways around the Columbia region
Columbia's central location between the population centers of South Carolina has made it a transportation focal point with three interstate highways and one interstate spur.
- I-26 Interstate 26 travels from northwest to southeast and connects Columbia to the other two major population centers of South Carolina: the Greenville-Spartanburg area in the northwestern part of the state and North Charleston – Charleston area in the southeastern part of the state. It also serves the nearby towns and suburbs of Chapin, Irmo, Harbison, Gaston, and Swansea.
- I-20 Interstate 20 travels from west to east and connects Columbia to Atlanta and Augusta in the west and Florence in the east. It serves the nearby towns and suburbs of Pelion, Lexington, West Columbia, Sandhill, Pontiac, and Elgin. Interstate 20 is also used by travelers heading to Myrtle Beach, although the interstate's eastern terminus is in Florence.
- I-77 Interstate 77 begins at a junction with Interstate 26 south of Columbia and travels north to Rock Hill and Charlotte. This interstate also provides direct access to Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army's largest training base and one of Columbia's largest employers. It serves the nearby towns and suburbs of Forest Acres, Gadsden, and Blythewood.
- I-126 Interstate 126 begins downtown at Elmwood Avenue and travels west towards Interstate 26 and Interstate 20. It provides access to Riverbanks Zoo.
Learn more here about recent accidents in Columbia
If you are looking for information on a specific accident in Columbia, please check the links below:
- Columbia commercial trucking accidents
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- Columbia pedestrian accidents
- Columbia train accidents
- Columbia boating accidents
- Columbia bicycle accidents
After an injury accident, you may need information about hospitals in Columbia:
After a fatal accident, loved ones can get help to deal with grief and loss. Go here to learn more about Columbia grief support groups.
Where to find legal assistance after you or a loved one are involved in a Columbia accident
After a serious crash, it is crucial to get help from a Columbia personal injury attorney who understands the local regulations and legal standards, who knows how insurance policies work, and who can handle all aspects of an insurance claim so the injured person can focus on recovery. If someone is killed in a collision, a Columbia wrongful death lawyer will launch a claim that will begin the process of financial recovery for the family members left behind. Learn more here about what a Columbia accident attorney can do to help.
Accident reports by county
As part of an ongoing effort to improve railroad and motor carrier safety across the country, a rule recently proposed jointly by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) would require personnel in safety-sensitive positions to be tested for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The year 2015 presented more than 10,000 reports and officials believe that the reports have helped eliminate threats that could have led to thousands more.
Though the national-level findings give rise for real concern, the data on pedestrian fatalities in South Carolina are even more troubling. For 2014, the Palmetto State ranked sixth highest in such deaths, indicating a serious problem in need of immediate attention.
Unfortunate though it is, many trucking companies and their insurers will wish to avoid paying full and fair compensation to yourself and your passengers for your injuries and other damages.
The idea that people are driving around while simultaneously playing a smartphone game seems ridiculous when you first hear it, but consider that in 2014, over 400,000 people were injured because of drivers distracted by using their cell phones.
You may be tempted to post to social media when you’re injured, but you should try to resist the urge for the sake of protecting your personal injury claim.
In some cases, victims are able to recover the amount from the at-fault driver’s insurer, but in other situations victims are required to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to obtain compensation.
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