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South Carolina Car Accident and Fatality Statistics

As we look back over the year so far and examine the SC car accident statistics records at the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, 741 people have died on South Carolina’s roadways. 

That’s hundreds of men, women, and children who will never go home to their families, their schools, their jobs, or their friends again. Thousands more have been injured.

Of those who died, 505 people had access to seat belts but 263 of the 505 were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collisions that took their lives.

We have had many traffic accident fatalities across the state of SC, and we have seen quite a few here in the Greater Columbia area, as well as near other larger cities like Greenville, Charleston, Florence, and Myrtle Beach.

If you were to look at a map, you would see that there have been more fatal accidents around larger cities and major interstates than in the more rural places, although a fatal car accident can happen anywhere.  

Tragically, we have seen 121 pedestrians killed on our roadways so far and 10 bicyclists. We have also had 82 motorcyclists die on our roadways this year in our most recent SC car accident statistics.

Although the number of deaths year-to-date is down by 12 from last year at this time, that is little comfort to all those who have lost loved ones far too soon. We have a long way to go to see our roadways become safer for everyone who lives, works, and travels in South Carolina.

The Biggest Causes of Car Accidents in South Carolina

Car accidents have many potential causes. Some of the most common causes of traffic accidents in our state include things like:

  1. Driving too fast for conditions.
  2. Failure to yield the right of way.
  3. Distracted driving – texting, eating, fiddling with the radio/AC controls, etc…
  4. Aggressive driving – speeding, tailgating, racing red lights, passing without regard to safety and laws.
  5. Driving while drowsy or under the influence of drugs/alcohol.
  6. Teen driving.
  7. Driver negligence and error. 

Sometimes getting in a wreck is unavoidable. Thankfully, a lot of these common causes of car accidents are preventable if more people practice defensive driving and implement safe driving practices.

We’d love to see SC car accident statistics go down to zero and have no injuries or property damage at all from wrecks in South Carolina each year. 

Wear Your Seatbelt!

Remember that many deaths can be prevented if people who are riding in motor vehicles wear their seatbelts. Be sure you and anyone riding in your vehicle wear a seatbelt every time.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured because of someone else’s negligence, South Carolina laws may allow you to collect significant compensation.

Talk with a Columbia Car Accident Attorney Today.

If you or someone you love sustained a significant injury because of a car accident and it was someone else’s fault, you need an experienced Columbia car accident lawyer to protect your rights.

At Burriss and Ridgeway, we’ll put our experience, knowledge, and compassion to work for you so you get all the compensation you deserve for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation to see if we can help.

We service the entire state of South Carolina and have offices located in Lexington, Orangeburg, and Columbia, SC. We may also be able to meet with you at your home or online in a virtual meeting.

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For more information on preventing car accidents, please see more tips from the National Safety Council.