For drivers in South Carolina, the news this New Years was not good. According to the Charlotte Observer, this year is the second year in a row that the state saw an increase in the number of car accident deaths. This increase is especially troubling given that South Carolina already has the dubious honor of being known as the sixth most dangerous state for drivers according to 247 WallSt.
Our Spartanburg car accident lawyers are distressed by the statistics indicating that South Carolina’s roads have become more dangerous. We urge every driver to consider these statistics as a wake-up call to become a safer driver and to be aware of the risks of the roadways in the state.
The South Carolina Statistics on Highway Accident Deaths in 2013
According to the Charlotte Observer, the record number of traffic fatalities in South Carolina occurred in 2007 when 1,052 people in the state were killed in traffic accidents over the course of the year. While 2012 didn’t reach this record, it did reflect some disturbing trends. For example:
- The number of car accident deaths rose to 833 in 2012 as compared with 827 auto accident fatalities in 2011. While this increase is slight, it is still a move in the wrong direction.
- State troopers reported that 58 percent of the 554 people who died in cars in 2012 were not wearing seat belts at the time of their death.
- There were 115 pedestrians killed by car accidents in 2012, up from 110 in 2011 and just 89 in 2010. This reflects a disturbing rise in the number of pedestrian auto accident deaths. Many pedestrians were killed at night while crossing streets or highways in the middle of the road, as opposed to at intersections. Others were killed when walking along the side of the road.
- Greenville County had the largest number of deaths, with 65 auto accident fatalities in the county. There were 51 deaths in Richland County and 48 deaths in both Lexington County and Spartanburg County.
Statistics are not yet available on the number of 2012 auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. In 2011, however, Mothers Against Drunk Driver indicated that South Carolina was one of the most dangerous of all of the states in the U.S. when it comes to DUI fatalities.
Staying Safe in South Carolina
Because of the high rate of traffic fatalities, drivers and pedestrians need to exercise a reasonable degree of care when they are on the roads. This means paying careful attention to what other drivers are doing, driving assertively (but not aggressively) and even reporting suspected drunk drivers to the police if you are driving and notice another driver is showing signs of intoxication. If you are injured by someone else who is careless and who causes an auto accident, it is also important to take legal action to protect your rights and the financial well-being of you and your family.
The car accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer assistance to those who have been injured or killed in a traffic accident. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation with an experienced accident attorney today.
MADD and Asheville Attorneys Working to Protect Victims’ Rights, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 25, 2012