South Carolina traffic fatalities increased to 837 in 2012 from 828 the previous year. The increase troubles the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, which wants to make sure that residents are safer on the state’s roads and highways.

After examining the data, authorities believe that the main issues behind the fatalities include:

Although these are serious issues, it’s important to note that South Carolina is still below the national average for traffic fatalities. Nationally, traffic-related deaths rose 7 percent during the first nine months of 2012. In South Carolina, fatalities fell 6.4 percent from 2009 through 2012.

How the State Plans to Respond to South Carolina Traffic Accidents

South Carolina’s statistics show that most fatal crashes in 2012 happened at night and involved drivers who were not using seatbelts. So state troopers plan to focus on failure to use seatbelts, driving under the influence and speeding in the coming months.

In addition, officers will be keeping an eye on motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, fatalities among these groups also increased in 2012.

Need Legal Help?

Our South Carolina car accident lawyers at Joye Law Firm understand the drastic consequences of auto crashes and are ready to fight for your rights if you or a loved one is the victim of a collision. Please contact us for a free consultation at 877-941-2615 or fill out our convenient online form today.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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