Study shows SC ranks 13th in deadly accidents involving semis

Study shows SC ranks 13th in deadly accidents involving semis

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - When we are out on the highways, we have to share the roads with lots of vehicles including big rig trucks.

A recent study found South Carolina ranks 13th in the nation when it comes to deadly accidents involving semis.

Living in a port city like Charleston, we see dozens of semis on the road every day. And we don't even thick twice about it.

But for one Goose Creek woman it's completely different.

"I have nothing against truckers or the trucking industry," said Pina Arrington."But I just don't want them to get any bigger than what they already are."

Last spring, Arrington's husband, Scott, was heading to work on his motorcycle in North Charleston when, according to witnesses, a semi made a wide turn on Remount Road crossing two lanes of traffic and crashed into Scott, killing him.

"My husband was a big part of my life," Arrington said. "Our boys life and all his friends in town, and I just want to take his passing and try to do something good to keep other families from having to go through what I was."

Last July, President Barack Obama signed into law a new two-year transportation bill after a previous transportation bill expired.

The new law, which went into effect last October, included many important requirements intended to help reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. This same bill requires the US Department of Transportation to complete a comprehensive truck size and weight limits study.

The study will evaluate and compare the differences between trucks loaded at or below current federal truck size and weight limits to those operating over those limits.

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