Bluffton, SC – Bluffton Traffic Deaths Are Spiking

Bluffton, SC (August 16, 2023) – The Bluffton Police Department wants to work with the local community to keep commuters safe in response to the rising number of traffic fatalities on Beaufort County roads, particularly in the wake of a tragic motorcycle accident on Buckwalter Pkwy last week.

On Monday, August 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the department will host a “Community Safety Discussion” to discuss safety initiatives the agency is implementing in Bluffton. As with Bluffton’s Lutzie 43 program, attendees can also make a commitment to stop distracted driving by signing the “Stay Safe, Bluffton!” pledge.

Since the year’s beginning, five fatalities have occurred on Bluffton roads, bringing the total number of fatalities in Beaufort County to 17. 2023 might surpass any previous record for road fatalities on Bluffton and Beaufort County roadways if fatal accidents keep occurring at the same rate. According to data from the SC Department of Public Safety, the year 2021 saw the highest recent rise, with nine fatalities occurring inside the area of Bluffton’s town limits and 26 in Beaufort County.

Police in Bluffton, though, also hope to avoid non-fatal accidents. The town experiences roughly 1400 collisions annually on average, most of which are brought on by driving while impaired, using a cell phone, eating, drinking, or attending to personal grooming.

At the community meeting, Bluffton police will share what they’re doing to decrease the number of traffic accidents.

Bluffton Chief of Police Joe Babkiewicz was interviewed and said, “Due to the numerous comments on social media after the recent fatality on Highway 278 last Sunday, I thought a public discussion was necessary to educate our community about the ways Bluffton officers are proactively attempting to reduce collisions”

2023 Fatal Collisions Around Bluffton:

– On February 19 at 4:30 p.m., Kemonte Lamar Williams of Savannah died when his motorbike collided with an SUV on S.C. 170 close to Bluffton.

– On May 17 at 1:00 p.m., a vehicle crashed with a sedan on US 278 near Malphrus Road, flipping the sedan over multiple times, resulting in at least one fatality.

– Yerson Josue Ramirez and Mario Eduardo Membreno-Elvir, both of Bluffton, passed away when their car hit a tree off May River Road at 3:40 a.m. on June 11. A third passenger was injured severely and rushed to the hospital.

– Carlos Melendez-Contreras and Osman Zuniga-Melendez, both residents of Beaufort County, perished in a two-vehicle crash at the Bluffton Parkway and Buck Island Road intersection on July 10 at 5:43 a.m.

– On August 6, at around 7:00 p.m., a four-door Toyota struck Marc Garrity, a 54-year-old Ridgeland resident, on his motorbike when they were both traveling on U.S. 278 close to Buckwalter Pkwy. Garrity was declared dead at the scene.

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Hearing that a close friend or family member died or was critically injured in a car accident is many people’s worst nightmare. A loved one’s death in an accident can leave a family with both financial and emotional difficulties. 

A person injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence has the legal right to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation from the negligent driver. They are entitled to seek compensation for any direct expenses incurred as a result of the accident.

If an accident victim dies as a result of their injuries, the surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. The family of the deceased will be able to seek justice for their loved one.

The family can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek financial compensation for funeral expenses and emotional distress caused by their loved one’s untimely death.

When a family member dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, the last thing on your mind is probably settling an insurance claim or filing a wrongful death lawsuit. However, because the statute of limitations severely limits the amount of time you have to file a wrongful death claim, it’s always best to act quickly.

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If a family member was killed in a car accident, you should contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer right away. Without the assistance of an experienced attorney, obtaining the compensation you are owed can be difficult.

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