Car Accidents in Charleston County
Charleston, South Carolina, holds bragging rights as being home to an impressive list of historical places and events—the first public library, the oldest surviving church in the Carolinas, and the first decisive American victory of the American revolution.
Charleston County is the third most populous county in South Carolina (population estimated at 405,905 in 2018 by U.S. Census Bureau). The number of registered motor vehicles in Charleston County reached 338,652 in 2017, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS). With so many vehicles on the road, the risk of car accidents is correspondingly high.
In 2017, Charleston County reported the second most traffic collisions in South Carolina with a total of 16,850. The county also had the second most fatal collisions, with 66 reported that year.
Among all South Carolina counties, Charleston County reported the most injury collisions and persons injured in 2017, with 4,391 and 6,418, respectively. Property damage only (PDO) collisions in Charleston County reached 12,393 in 2017.
South Carolina DPS speculates that the relatively high numbers of car accidents in Charleston County are a product of the area’s population and greater amounts of travel.
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Charleston County Car Accident Statistics Related to Alcohol and Drugs
According to South Carolina DPS, in 2017:
- Eighteen people in Charleston County suffered fatal injuries resulting from car accidents with an alcohol-impaired driver with blood alcohol (BAC) concentration of .08 or higher.
- There were 347 non-fatal collisions involving driving under the influence (DUI) in Charleston County, which includes alcohol and/or drugs
Charleston County Car Accident Statistics in 2017 by Time of Day
South Carolina DPS also provides car accident information for Charleston County by the time of day.
The highest number of fatal collisions in 2017 occurred between 9:01 pm and midnight, with 14 happening during that range. To contrast, the highest number of injury collisions, by a landslide, took place between 3:01 pm and 6:00 pm, with a total of 1,029 such collisions during this timeframe.
PDO collisions also favored this time spot, with 3,263 transpiring between 3:01 pm and 6:00 pm. Fifteen people were killed in Charleston, South Carolina car accidents between 9:01 pm and midnight. More people were injured between 3:01 pm and 6:00 pm than during any other daily time period.
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Charleston County Car Accident Statistics in 2017 Per One Million Vehicle Miles Driven
Per one million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), Charleston County had 354 to 420 accidents per one million vehicle miles traveled. Traffic fatalities in the county were moderate, comparatively speaking, with 2.04 to 2.65 traffic fatalities per million VMT.