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South Carolina Ranks Second in List of States With Worst Drivers

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Dec 01, 2015 in Auto Accidents

South Carolina distracted driverWhich states have the worst drivers in the United States? You may be surprised to find that South Carolina ranks near the top, right below Montana and tied with New Mexico for second place.

A recent list was created using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to rank-order states by bad driving habits. The ranking system used fatal car accident statistics across five categories. Each state was ranked for each category, and the combined score determined their overall ranking.

South Carolinas scores on the five categories were:

  • Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled South Carolina was the fourth worst when it came to traffic fatality rate.
  • Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals, Seat Belts, & Invalid Driver License) At number 36, this is the only category South Carolina wasn't in the top ten for. South Carolina drivers have shown significant improvement in complying with traffic regulations.
  • Drunk Driving The Palmetto State came in third place for most fatalities due to intoxicated driving. Although this is nothing to be proud of, it does show a drop from the previous year thanks to increased enforcement efforts.
  • Speeding At number 10, South Carolina isn't the worst, but it shows we have too many Larry Leadfoots.
  • Careless Driving South Carolina was ranked at number seven for careless driving, thanks to a failure to pass a ban on using cell phones while driving.

Despite South Carolinas dismal performance, it is actually a slight improvement over the previous year when we tied Montana for the worst in the nation. Although the list stirred some controversy among some proud South Carolina residents, we should view this as a call to action.

Increased enforcement, improved road signage and safety education campaigns can go a long way to making our roads safer. But with the vast majority of fatal car accidents caused by human error, we should all do our part to reduce car accidents.

You can help put South Carolina on the list of Best Drivers by putting your cell phone away, taking a defensive driving course, staying within the speed limit and never driving after you've been drinking alcohol.

If you've been injured as a result of another drivers negligence, contact Harbin & Burnett today. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys will work to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

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