South Carolina drivers second-worst in nation, report shows
South Carolina drivers were rated some of the worst in the U.S., according to a top ten report released recently by Car Insurance Comparison. In fact, according to the report, there is only one U.S. state whose drivers ranked worse than those in South Carolina: Louisiana, which was rated worst in the nation for the second year in a row.
The CIC ranking incorporated data obtained from a number of different sources, including federal vehicle crash data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Motorists Association. Every state received a score in each of the following five categories:
- Fatalities per 100,000 miles driven.
- Failure to obey traffic signals or wear seat belts.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Traffic citations.
- Careless driving.
After the states were rated in these categories, the information was compiled into an overall score for each state.
South Carolina lost points for DUI, careless driving
South Carolina drivers were rated second-worst overall, and the state was also ranked among the worst states for both traffic citations and drunk driving. South Carolina’s poorest category was careless driving, where it was ranked 50th. The state also lost significant ground in the drunk driving category, where its ranking fell from 30th place to 49th since the last time the report was compiled.
Like South Carolina, each of the other states included in the “worst ten” list scored poorly on both fatality rates and careless driving – which includes texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving. The authors of the report say that these two factors combine to provide a good indicator of which states have the worst drivers.
On the other hand, the states that scored best in the ranking had different qualities in common with one another. Specifically, most states listed among the top 15 for best drivers had lower-than-average rates of careless driving, meaning that they were more likely to be focused on driving – rather than on their phones.
Get legal help if hurt in a crash
In South Carolina, people who are hurt in car accidents caused by other people’s careless driving or other dangerous behavior have the opportunity to seek monetary compensation through the legal system. If you have been hurt in a crash and would like to learn more about the possibility of pursuing compensation for your lost income, medical expenses and other damages resulting from the crash, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer.