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South Carolina Car Accident Statistics

We’d like to share some auto accident statistics with you to highlight just how often car crashes happen and harm the public.

South Carolina has one of the highest rates of fatal wrecks in the country. The majority of fatalities occurred in car accidents. It is also worth noting that while large trucks account for about four percent of registered vehicles on the road, they are responsible for approximately nine percent of all traffic fatalities.

The following South Carolina auto accident statistics shed some light on just how often car wrecks occur in the state, as well as some of their impacts:


  • A traffic crash occurs on a South Carolina roadway every 4.5 minutes.
  • Every 15.4 minutes, someone in South Carolina is hurt in a car accident.
  • Every 11.6 hours, someone in South Carolina is killed in a deadly auto wreck.
  • Since 2013, both injury- and fatality-related auto crashes in South Carolina have been on the rise. In fact, since 2013, injury crashes in the state have increased by more than 4 percent; over this same period of time, traffic fatalities in South Carolina have surged more than 7 percent.
  • Annually, auto accidents in South Carolina end up costing at least $3 billion (when considering the costs of property damage, medical treatments and lost productivity). It should be noted here that these costs do not reflect the intangible, yet profound, costs related to the suffering that victims endure as result of serious car wrecks.
Any number of factors – sometimes multiple factors at once – can cause car accidents. Some of the most common causes, however, include:
  • Driver mistakes or negligence, such as violating traffic laws, drunk driving, distracted driving, and overly aggressive driving
  • Other factors, like adverse weather (that reduces visibility or makes the roads icy) and objects in the road (like animals or debris)
  • Unsafe road conditions, like broken traffic lights, a lack of traffic signs, or a lack of lane/traffic dividers
  • Vehicle-related factors, which could include equipment failures and unsafe vehicle design
The above (and other) factors can cause a range of minor to serious car accidents, with some of the most common types of these auto wrecks including crashes like:
  • Distracted driving crashes
  • Drunk driving crashes
  • Fatal car accidents.
  • Head-on collisions
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Rollovers
Auto accidents can cause a range of injuries, some of which are minor or fleeting and others that can be far more severe, painful and lasting. Some of the most common types of car accident injuries include:
  • Fatal injuries – All too often, auto wrecks have deadly outcomes. Head-on collisions, as well as rollovers, are among the deadliest types of car accidents.
  • Head and brain injuries – Car accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), just behind falling accidents.
  • Neck injuries – Car accidents are the top cause of whiplash. Other neck injuries, however, like fractures and strains, can also be caused by auto crashes.
  • Spine and back injuries – Painful and debilitating, these injuries can be irreversible and seriously impact victims’ quality of life.

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