Archive for January, 2014

South Carolina Drivers Ranked as the Second Worst in the Country

Car Insurance Comparison recently released a list ranking all of the states in the U.S. in terms of which locations had the safest drivers.  Unfortunately for the state of South Carolina, and for the people on the roads within the state, South Carolina had the second worst drivers in the entire country. Only the state of Louisiana fared worse. 

To rank the different locations, Car Insurance Comparison used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as other available information on the number of car accidents and the number of violations of driver safety laws within the states. An experienced car accident attorney in Columbia, SC knows that one of the areas where South Carolina did the worst was in the number of intoxicated motorists on the roads. While the high rate of drunk drivers in South Carolina played a key rolling in causing a relatively high number of auto accident fatalities, there were also other dangerous behaviors that South Carolina drivers tended to engage in.

Drivers in South Carolina should consider the Car Insurance Comparison information an important wake-up call. Motorists shouldn’t have to fear being injured or killed by a drunk or careless driver on the roads and every motorist owes a duty to others on the road to behave in a reasonably prudent way in order to avoid deadly wrecks.

South Carolina Ranks Poorly for Drunk Driving & Other Dangerous Behaviors

Taking a close look at the different categories that Car Insurance Comparison used to rate the states, it is clear that there were some specific bad behaviors that resulted in drivers earning their place as the second worst in the country.

The fact that South Carolina ranked number 49th out of 50 states in terms of drunk driving was especially bad news since driving while intoxicated can more than double the risk of becoming involved in a crash. South Carolina also ranked 50 out of 50 in the category of careless driving. In prior years, South Carolina was ranked third best in the Careless Driving category, so this was a dramatic shift that moved the state from having the 11th worst drivers in the country to having the second worst.

South Carolina did improve in the category of failure to obey, which refers to traffic signals and seat belts. In this category, the state ranked 29th out of 50 states. Wearing your seat belt is especially important every time you are in the vehicle. If you are involved in an accident with a careless or intoxicated driver, having a seat belt on could potentially save your life.

Finally, South Carolina also ranked number 38 in regards to the number of tickets drivers received. Increasing police presence and issuing more tickets could perhaps help the state to improve in other categories by reducing the rate of drunk driving and by reducing the rate of careless driving.

Call Matthews & Megna in Columbia, SC today at 877-253-7705 today for a free case consultation.