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South Carolina Drivers Ranked Among Worst in Nation

The Anastopoulo Law Firm

South Carolina holds a special place in our hearts for so many reasons. A rich history, scenic landscapes and gardens, top-rated restaurants, and miles of beautiful beaches all come to mind for those of us lucky enough to call the Palmetto State home. A recent report, however, named South Carolina motorists as among the worst in the nation, based on the number of car accidents and injuries that occur on our roads each year. Nearly all of us can attest to how dangerous conditions can be on our streets and highways—as well as how reckless some of our fellow motorists are. But experts claim that part of the problem is a large number of rural roads, where accidents are most likely to occur.

Rating South Carolina Drivers

A national study by the group has ranked South Carolina drivers as the third worst in the nation, down from the number two spot we held last year. The study bases its rankings on accident reports and statistics from both state and federal highway traffic agencies.

One of the main reasons for the Palmetto State’s low ranking is the large number of driving fatalities that occur on SC roads each year. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that over the last decade nearly 1,000 people have lost their lives each year as the result of car crashes and collisions—while thousands more suffer serious and potentially disabling injuries. The following are among the most common causes of car accidents, both locally and throughout the country:

  • Speeding, or driving too fast for conditions
  • Aggressive driving, such as tailgating or failure to yield
  • Disregarding traffic signals and stop signs
  • Distracted driving, such as using cell phones or texting
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances, including prescription and over the counter medications

Behind The Ratings

According to a report on South Carolina accident fatalities in the Claims Journal, what makes our state so deadly is not so much the behavior of drivers as it is the large number of rural roads in our area. Narrow, twisting, and dark roads are unforgiving when it comes to having to swerve to avoid obstacles or other drivers. Many individuals traveling these roads are familiar with them, making them less vigilant and inclined to go at faster speeds. NHTSA statistics appear to back up this claim: of the 977 fatal accidents that occurred on South Carolina roads in 2015, nearly two-thirds were on rural roads.

Injured in a Car Accident? Get Help Today

If you have suffered injuries as the result of a car accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firmright away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys understand the impacts your accident can have on both your health and your financial security. We can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable for the damages you have suffered, and assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover.


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