Large Truck Drivers Pose Risk in South Carolina
Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you run the risk of getting into an accident regardless of how excellent of a driver you claim to be. No one is perfect, and none of us are perfect drivers and make the right decision 100% of the time we are on the road. However, certain states seem to have more trouble than others when it comes to avoiding accidents. As of November 2016, South Carolina ranked number 3 in the list of states with the worst drivers, so large truck drivers should take some extra precaution if they are routed through this state.
According to this article in the Post and Courier, this unfortunate ranking comes from a company called CarInsuranceComparison.com who analyzed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data related to topics like the number of traffic fatalities that occurred in each state, instances of speeding, and careless driving. While some people agree that these findings are indicative of poor driving behavior, citing instances of the “accordion effect” where drivers consistently stop and speed up in slow moving traffic to create gaps, others think that the roads are to blame. An AAA spokeswoman quoted in the article says that rural roads cause most of the problems because they lack the features of urban roads, like shoulders. Because of this, drivers have no room to correct a mistake before an accident occurs. When the statistics are looked at individually, the company found that South Carolina ranks number 1 in vehicular fatalities. However, 82% of the fatalities that happened in South Carolina during 2014 happened on rural roads, which was higher than the national average of 51%. This suggests that either South Carolina roads are more poorly maintained than rural roads in other states, or it might mean that the high numbers of fatalities occur due to a combination of poor driving behavior and the prominence of rural roads.
The number three ranking is certainly a shocker, and even though the results were published by a car insurance company, the statistics are pulled directly from government data. Whether roads need to be better maintained or driver behavior needs to improve, it is clear that something has to change. A higher number of traffic accidents means that truck drivers are more at risk for getting into an accident that can cost them thousands of dollars in medical bills and rig repair. Seeking legal help from firms like these truck accident lawyers in Columbia, South Carolina can help recoup your losses if another driver causes the accident.
Generally, large semi trucks will not be traveling on rural roads very much, so it’s not necessary to completely avoid driving through the entire state. Even so, the government of South Carolina could be doing more to bring their vehicular death rate at least more in line with other states or even push for being further down on these types of ranking lists in the future.