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.