Fatal traffic accidents in South Carolina are on the decline, according to news reports.
South Carolina Highway Patrol officers said the number of traffic fatalities is declining, and they're crediting seatbelts for the reason.
"The number one reason, in my opinion, is seat belt usage," Troop 7 Capt. Trey Stephens said. "And seat belt enforcement."
Twenty-one people died in traffic accidents in Orangeburg County from Jan. 1 to June 5, 2010. This year, only nine fatal accidents have occurred.
The number of seatbelt violations has also decreased in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.
DUI arrests and better driving habits were also contributed as a major factor in reducing fatal car accidents, according to news reports.
As an Orangeburg personal injury attorney , I'm glad to hear that the number of fatal traffic accidents is decreasing. I urge drivers to continue to practice safe driving habits, including not drinking and driving or driving while distracted. Seatbelts should also be worn properly by everyone in the car at all times.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Orangeburg .