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Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Driving Safety in Charleston, South Carolina Following Floods

As the national news continues to follow South Carolina’s dangerous flood situation, for those living and dealing with high waters, staying safe is paramount. CNN reports billions of dollars in damage, at least 11 dam breaches, and boil water advisories for the state. The National Guard has been called to set up sandbags and, in South Carolina and North Carolina, at least nine people have drowned and six have died in car accidents due to the flooding. According to emergency management, 175 people have had to be rescued. Bridges are closed due to doubts about their structural integrity. One meteorologist estimates that 6 trillion gallons of rain have inundated the city over the week. Many of the accidents reported in South Carolina have been vehicle related. If you’ve been injured in an accident in Charleston, South Carolina, it is important to understand your rights. It is likely that in the weeks and months ahead, personal injury lawyers will be reviewing many cases and working with insurance companies to ensure that victims receive the compensation they deserve.

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Yet, when it comes to flood-related auto accidents, prevention is key. If you live in South Carolina or the Charleston area, what can you do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe as flood waters continue to recede? Here are a few key tips provided both by national news outlets like U.S.A. Today and leading insurance companies.

  1. Don’t drive on closed roads. According to S.A. Today, many of the fatalities in South Carolina have been auto related. Rescue workers have noted instances where drivers navigated around barricades and avoided road closures. Road closures can be due to a variety of factors, including high water levels, exposed electrical wires, or structurally unsound bridges or roads. Driving on closed roads puts you and your loved ones at risk of getting hurt or killed.
  2. Avoid driving through deep or standing water. Just one foot of rushing water can be strong enough to sweep your car downriver or down the road. Don’t underestimate the power of even shallow fast-moving water. Standing water also poses hazards. Downed power lines can hide in puddles and there have been reports of people getting electrocuted. Deep water can also damage your car’s engine.
  3. If you do have to drive through standing water, test your brakes before you resume normal speeds. Wet brakes may not be able to adequately stop your car.
  4. When driving on wet roads, drive at slower speeds. Even slick roads can reduce your traction. The sun may be shining, but conditions can still be hazardous.
  5. If your car stalls in high water, be aware that trying to start your engine can result in damage. If there is a way to get to safety, do so.
  6. Carry a charged cell phone with you. If you get stuck it will be easier to call for help.

It will likely be weeks or months before Charleston, South Carolina recovers from the devastation of what many have called once-in-a-millennia flooding. If you’ve been in an auto accident due to flooding, a personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you. The Drescher Law Firm, L.L.C. is here to help.




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Scott Drescher, Personal Injury Lawyer in Charleston SC. imageMr. Drescher's knowledge and experience in the field of personal injury and wrongful death law have made him an outstanding personal injury and wrongful death attorney in South Carolina. He understands the thinking process of juries, due in part to his educational background in psychology and sociology. He is experienced in trying large civil cases, which has helped him become a very successful trial attorney in Charleston and the surrounding areas.
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