The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2015, nearly a thousand people died in traffic accidents here in South Carolina. The state’s traffic fatality rate of about 20 accident-related deaths per 100,000 people is almost double that of the national average. Why are South Carolinians at so much risk while on the road?
Major Causes of Traffic Accidents and Fatalities in South Carolina
There are many possible factors that can contribute to an auto accident here in the Palmetto State. Some of the most common poor behaviors that can cause a crash include:
- Drunk driving. NHTSA’s statistics for 2015 show that out of 977 fatal accidents in South Carolina, 301 involved driving under the influence. That’s about one-third of all traffic-related deaths in our state.
- Speeding. The NHTSA data shows that 361 people were killed in South Carolina due to speed-related crashes, causing over one-third of traffic-related deaths.
- Texting and distracted driving. Nationwide NHTSA statistics show that in 2014, over 3,100 people were killed due to distracted driving and 431,000 people were injured. Texting is the latest contributor to distracted driving, but other actions like talking on the phone, eating and drinking, and adjusting the radio all cause accidents, too.
Other common causes for accidents in South Carolina include tailgating, falling asleep at the wheel, and failure to yield.
Protect Yourself and Your Legal Rights
The best way that you can protect yourself proactively is by avoiding bad driving behaviors. Just by choosing to never drive intoxicated, obeying posted speed limits, and not texting while you drive, you can avoid being the potential cause of tragedy on the road.
At the end of the day, though, we can’t always account for the behavior of other people. Accidents can and do happen every day, no matter how hard we try. When someone else’s negligence causes a wreck, the best thing you can do for yourself is to seek legal help from an experienced accident attorney. Your attorney can make sure that your rights are protected and help you pursue fair compensation for your property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
How to Get Legal Help After an Accident
If you’ve been in an auto accident and need legal help right away, please don’t hesitate to call us today. Our experienced legal professionals have the skill and knowledge you need to seek the money you’re owed, and we will treat you like family. You can reach us in our Columbia office for a free case evaluation at 803-790-2800.