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South Carolina listed as the 8th most dangerous state for driving

South Carolina is high on the list of dangerous driving states, coming in at number eight. The ranking was recently published in a report by 24/7 Wall Street, tracking driving risks, dangers and statistics throughout the nation.

According to 24/7 Wall Street, a higher percentage of fatal accidents in South Carolina are caused by drunk driving in comparison to other states. The national average shows that 72 percent of auto accident deaths are caused by drunk driving, whereas 82 percent of those killed in auto accidents in South Carolina died as a result of drunk driving.

The study also found that rural roadways come with greater risks to drivers than city roads. This could be why South Carolina is a particularly dangerous state, since half of our state's car travel happens on rural roadways. Indeed, the study also found that 80 percent of South Carolina's traffic deaths happened in rural regions of the state.

Other statistics from South Carolina show that 767 people died in car accidents in 2013. Eighty-two percent of drivers who died in car crashes had alcohol in their systems. Also, 16.1 people out of every 100,000 died in a car accident in 2013.

Statistics like this are what prompts lawmakers in South Carolina to create strict laws against drunk driving. However, the system of identifying and arresting drunk drivers is not foolproof and not all drivers accused of the crime are guilty. If you have been wrongly accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help create a defense strategy to achieve an acquittal in your case. Alternatively, your defense attorney may be able to seek another type of outcome that is agreeable to you.

Source: The State, "South Carolina ranked 8th ‘most dangerous state to drive in’," Dec. 01, 2015

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