South Carolina on list of most dangerous states to drive

South Carolina has been named the eighth most dangerous state for driving in a recent study. Drunk driving is a major factor in this determination.

Traffic crashes are a leading cause of serious injuries or death for people across the country. However, according to a recent study by 24/7 Wall Street, South Carolina holds the distinction of the eighth most dangerous state for drivers and passengers. The national rate for traffic fatalities is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents, while South Carolina's is 16.1 deaths for every 100,000 people.

What makes driving in South Carolina such a hazard? The large percentage of rural roadways is one factor. It may come as a surprise to learn that rural driving is more dangerous than urban. High speeds and driver fatigue may play a part in rural traffic crashes, as well as the relatively high percentage of travel along rural roadways in South Carolina.

Driving while intoxicated

Drunk driving is another top cause for fatal crashes in the state. About 30 people across the country each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control, are killed in accidents involving drunk drivers. This equals about one fatality every 48 minutes. About a third of those arrested for drunk driving are repeat offenders, and many people drive while intoxicated numerous times before they are caught for the first time.

Some of those who are the most at risk of being in a drunk driving accident include the following:

• Drivers who have had previous drunk driving convictions

• Motorcyclists and their passengers

• Younger drivers from ages 21 to 24

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, alcohol-related crashes are a concern for teenagers as well. With car accidents being the top cause of death for teenagers, about a fourth of these will involve an intoxicated driver who was underage.

Lyft driver killed on New Year's Day

A recent accident in Hawthorne highlighted the common dangers of drunk driving in South Carolina, as well as the younger age of the driver pointed out previously. According to the Daily Breeze, during the predawn hours of New Year's Eve, a driver for Lyft was struck broadside by an intoxicated driver and killed. The suspect, a 21-year-old man, received charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of illegal drugs and vehicular manslaughter.

If you are injured in an accident, you have the right to pursue compensation. You may need to contact an experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney to discuss your options.