South Carolina’s roads are dangerous. In 2011, 828 people died on South Carolina roads. That’s 17.7 fatalities for every 100,000 residents in the state. That’s worse than the national average of 10.39 per 100,000, according to the most recent data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
South Carolina is home to a Deadly Interstate
South Carolina’s I-26 was rated one of the most dangerous roads in the country after nine people died on the stretch between Ledburg and Interstate 95 in 2011, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety.
South Carolina’s Most Dangerous Counties
Some parts of South Carolina are safer to drive through than others. Between 2007 and 2011, Greenville County has consistently been the most dangerous county for South Carolina drivers. There were 54 traffic fatalities in the Greenville area in 2011, accounting for 7 percent of all fatal car accidents in South Carolina.
Horry, Lexington, and Charleston counties were all close on Greenville’s heels with 6 percent of the state’s fatal crashes each. There were 52 fatal car crashes in the Conway area, 52 in the Lexington area and another 50 in and around Charleston in 2011.
Anderson, Spartanburg, and Richland counties each accounted for 5 percent of the South Carolina’s worst auto accidents. There were 43 fatal car accidents in the Anderson area, 43 in and around Spartanburg and another 40 in the Columbia area in 2011.
Berkeley, York, and Aiken counties each had 4 percent of the state’s fatal crashes. There were 34 fatal car accidents in and around Moncks Corner, 31 in the York area and 29 in and around Aiken.
South Carolina is #4 for Pedestrian Accidents
Nationally, South Carolina rates as the fourth most dangerous state for pedestrians . There were 1.94 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents between 2008 and 2010. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 11.1 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2010. Pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise. There were 113 pedestrian deaths in South Carolina in 2011.
What to do if you or a loved one is involved in a South Carolina car accident…
If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed in a South Carolina car accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely not be looking out for your best interests. Make sure you have someone on your side that will defend your rights and guide you through the process so you have the best chance at getting what you need to recover.
Contact the experienced South Carolina car accident legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. We help people all across the state and we offer a free case evaluation to help you understand what your claim could be worth.