Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in Greenville, SC
When you are driving through these areas (and anywhere else, for that matter!), stay alert and use caution:
- Haywood Road and intersections with Pelham and I-385
- Pleasantburg Drive and intersections with Antrim Drive, Mauldin Road, Rutherford Road, Cleveland Street, and Villa Road/Century Drive
- Academy Street and intersections with College and Pendleton Streets
- Laurens Road and intersections with Woodruff Road, Haywood Road, Verdae Boulevard, and Millennium Boulevard
- August Street and intersections with Mauldin Road and Church Street/Mills Avenue
- Woodruff Road and Roper Mountain Road
- Faris Road and Cleveland Street
- Roper Mountain Road and Independence Boulevard
- Stone Avenue and Rutherford Street
- I-85/I-85 Interchange and I-85 between Mauldin Road and 291
To blame? There are a variety of factors including congestion, dangerous turns, signals that are too close, right turn channel lanes, and, of course, driver error and distraction. The city is taking numerous steps to address these issues, including retiming traffic lights, increasing law enforcement efforts, erecting ‘no turn’ and ‘do not block intersection’ signs, and, in the long run, completing projects such as lane widening.
What can you do? Drive carefully! You know the drill: obey the speed limit and traffic signs, use your mirrors to check for drivers and other obstacles before changing lanes or turning, do not drive and text/talk on your phone, do not drive while intoxicated (and “buzzed” counts as intoxicated; in this condition, your reaction times and judgment are impaired), keep a safe following distance, and always be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Again, you cannot always prevent an accident, so what should you do if you are involved in a collision?
What To Do After a Car Accident
Do not leave the scene. South Carolina law requires you to notify police immediately if the accident has resulted in injury or death. For accidents that result in $1000 or more in property damage, you may file a written crash report with the DMV. Either way, stop and assess yourself and your passengers for injury. If anyone is hurt, call 911 and wait for officers to respond. If you can safely, exchange insurance cards with the other driver(s).
Once the police arrive, give a factual account of the accident. Do not embellish or speculate. Stick to the facts only. They will provide you with a number that you can use to obtain an accident report for insurance/legal purposes.
Seek Medical Attention
Some injuries are immediately obvious, such as broken bones or lacerations. Others, like soft tissue damage, whiplash, or internal bleeding, may not present for some time, especially since you’ve got adrenaline coursing through your body to mask pain. It is best to get checked out at the ER or your regular doctor as soon as possible. This is particularly important if you are going to file a claim.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Some insurance companies require you to report accidents immediately; others allow 24 - 72 hours. Check your policy to see what the window is, but it’s best to report as soon as you can.
Keep a Record of Everything
Keep all information relating to your accident, such as police reports, insurance information for the other driver(s), witness accounts, photos/videos of any damage and/or injuries, medical records, car rental costs, damage estimates, etc., which may be helpful in filing a claim or if you must take legal action.
Fix Your Car!
Going without transportation is a significant hardship for many of us. When you are in an accident, your first priority is, of course, your safety and wellbeing. But inevitably, we have to think of our vehicles. If you suffered minor damage (e.g. scratches, scrapes, dings, and dents), it may be tempted to put off repair. Don’t! Minor issues can become big, expensive problems down the road. For example, a small scratch can leave metal exposed. This is the perfect recipe for rust to form. Once it gains a foothold, corrosion can spread. If it gets bad enough, it can render your car unsafe to drive.
If you have been in an accident, you have our sympathies. We are here to help. Give us a call, and we’ll provide you with a damage estimate and get you back on your way in no time. Drive safely, everyone!