South Carolina Car Accident Causes

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South Carolina traffic accidents can happen for a number of reasons. Below were the most common causes of car accidents in South Carolina in 2009, according to the SC Department of Public Safety's Traffic Collision Fact Book.

  • Driver behavior was a contributing factor in 98,614 non-fatal auto collisions and the contributing factor in 708 fatal auto crashes in South Carolina.
  • Roadways were a contributing factor in 943 non-fatal auto crashes and caused 6 of the fatal auto crashes that occurred during this time period.
  • Non-motorists were a contributing factor in 79 fatal car crashes and 791 non-fatal South Carolina car crashes.
  • Vehicle problems were a contributing factor in 14 fatal car accidents and 1,762 non-fatal car accidents.
  • DUI is one of the most common causes of fatal traffic accidents. One person is killed every 23.2 hours in car accidents involving a driver with a BAC of 0.08 or higher.
  • Disregard for road signs was the main cause of 30 fatal auto accidents and 1,933 injury-causing auto accidents.
  • Driver inattention was the primary contributing factor in 20 fatal car wrecks and 2,479 injury-causing car wrecks.
  • Driving too fast for road conditions caused 131 of the fatal auto accidents and 8,399 injury-causing crashes.
  • Exceeding the speed limit was the primary factor in 36 fatal traffic accidents and 206 injury-causing traffic accidents.
  • Failing to yield caused 6,762 injury inflicting crashes and 73 fatal crashes.
  • Running off the road was responsible for 426 non-fatal auto crashes and 43 fatal crashes.
  • Driving while fatigued or asleep led to 11 fatal car accidents and 279 injury-causing car accidents.
  • Tailgating or following too closely caused 1,995 non-fatal auto crashes and 11 fatal auto crashes.

Other causes of South Carolina car accidents included improper turns; medical problems on the part of the driver; operating the vehicle too aggressively; over-steering; swerving to avoid objects; driving the wrong way; driving with obscured vision; improper lane changes; cell phone use or other wrongful acts.

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