Drivers in South Carolina Ranked Worst in Nation, Study Shows

Two Orangeburg Women Killed in Deadly South Carolina Crash
November 16, 2015
Injured on the job in South Carolina? Four Things You Should Do Right Away
November 18, 2015
Show all
Geographic border map and flag of South Carolina, Palmetto State

A 2013 study by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) found that South Carolina drivers ranked eighth in careless driving, according to a article. In fact, South Carolina ranked at the top of the 10 states with the worst drivers according to the report. Furthermore, the state ranked first in fatalities as a result of auto accidents and eighth in drunk driving. If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, contact a knowledgeable Anderson auto accident attorney right away to learn about your rights and obligations under the law.      

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Auto accidents can cause several different injuries. The range can be just as varied – from minor cuts and bruises to death – depending on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of the impact. Generally, the most common auto accident injuries include damage to the:


  • Face  – the most likely type of injury: during impact the driver’s face may hit the steering wheel; likewise the driver or passengers may suffer damage to the face from the impact of air bag deployment, hitting the windshield, side windows or shattered glass.
  • Head and brain –generally called a “traumatic brain injury”, this occurs when a person’s head is hit or hits an object violently; resulting symptoms can be mild to severe depending on the extent of damage to the brain. Often there are no immediate or visible signs of trauma despite the brain being bruised, swollen or bleeding as a result of the injury.
  • Spinal cord – the impact of an auto accident can cause disc material, displaced bone fragments, or ligaments to bruise or tear the spinal cord tissue nerve cells and damage them. This affects the signals communicated between the brain and the spine to the rest of the body, creating loss of function or feeling.
  • Neck – mild forms of neck injuries include whiplash or neck strain, but more serious injuries can include cervical dislocation and disc injury.
  • Back –the most common area that is injured, damage includes sprains, strains, fractured vertebrae and herniated discs.
  • Internal organs – damage can be serious and should be treated immediately, if it occurs to the kidneys, liver, bowels, lungs, spleen, heart or aorta.


Beyond physical injuries, victims of an auto accident may suffer psychological damage (which can be temporary or permanent) that can manifest in the form of emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, or anxiety and depression.

South Carolina Auto Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured – or, tragically, someone has died – in an auto accident due to the negligence of another, contact an aggressive Anderson auto accident attorney today. The insurance companies have an advocate on their side fighting – you and your loved ones deserve legal professionals who will fight hard to obtain the justice you deserve. The office of The Law Office of Stephen M Krause PA has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients. Contact one of our attorneys today for your initial, free, case evaluation.


We help people like you every day.