South Carolina is one of the most dangerous states in the country for motorists. In fact, the Charleston Daily recently reported that South Carolina ranked third worst for roadway safety in a study published by Wall Street 24/7.
The state had a fatality rate of 20.5 per 100,000 people, and its 1,015 roadway fatalities were the 13th highest total in the nation — despite being the 23rd largest state by population.
The study also found that Martin Luther King Jr. Day was the deadliest holiday with 16 fatal crashes. According to the Charleston Daily, 60 percent of accidents in South Carolina occur on rural roads.
South Carolina is a diverse state with a variety of roads, ranging from eight-lane interstates to two-lane blacktops to city streets to unpaved roads. The fact is that severe injury crashes can happen on any of them at any time.
According to the Traffic Collision Fact Book from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), Greenville County experienced the most total traffic collisions (17,076), fatal collisions (73), fatalities (74), and property damage only (PDO) collisions (12,994) in one recent year. Charleston County had the most injury collisions (4,391) and non-fatal injuries (6,418).
I-20, I-26, and I-95 each saw 20 fatal collisions that year, as well as:
I-26 accounted for the most injury collisions with 1,137, followed by:
Junctions and interchanges also account for a large number of crashes. According to the Traffic Collision Fact Book, there were:
• 99 fatal collisions at four-way intersections
• 79 at T-intersections
A total of 651 fatal collisions occurred at non-junctions. In terms of injury crashes, non-junctions accounted for 21,588 collisions, followed by four-way intersections with 7,946, and T-intersections with 5,387.
It’s important to remember that the scene of an accident contains valuable evidence that may be purposefully or accidentally destroyed. It’s important to document the scene by taking as many pictures as possible. Also be aware that other individuals might have seen the accident, so ask them for contact information in case they are needed as witnesses.
If you’re not transported for emergency medical treatment, always be sure that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important to have a doctor perform a complete evaluation so you can be sure that any injuries are diagnosed and treated.
You should contact a car accident attorney to represent you. The aftermath of an injury accident can be confusing and stressful. Having knowledgeable legal counsel will be immensely helpful as you begin your recovery.
The South Carolina car accident lawyers of Jebaily Law Firm have been fighting for the rights of car crash victims for Over 50 Years. We want to see you get back on your feet after someone else’s negligence has caused you harm. Our attorneys have the skill, dedication, and resources to pursue the results you deserve.
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Jebaily Law Firm, is one of South Carolina’s long-established and well-respected legal practices. Located in Florence, S.C., we are trial lawyers focused on plaintiff litigation in personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, and criminal defense. Established in 1969, we have more than 100 years of combined legal experience in protecting the rights of clients and advocating for the safety and well-being of South Carolina citizens.