Data Reveals One Drug More Responsible Than Others for SC Driver Fatalities

According to data evaluated by, an authoritative resource of information on alcohol abuse and treatment rehabilitation, South Carolina ranks second in the U.S. for fatal alcohol-related vehicle accidents. There’s also been a rise in the number of driving deaths associated with drugs.

To arrive at their findings, the investigators at utilized National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data from a 10-year period ending in 2016.

The state of Montana ranks first ahead of South Carolina in the number of fatal crashes with an alcohol involvement.

But alcohol isn’t the only substance that causes a threat to the safety of motorists. Cocaine-associated traffic deaths abound, even though the number has decreased by more than 34 percent over the recent 10 year period. In South Carolina, however, cocaine represents the cause of the largest number of traffic-related fatalities annually in the state. Comparable to South Carolina, cocaine caused the most fatal accidents in Florida and Illinois too.

South Carolina has experienced an increase of 1,300 percent in methamphetamine-associated accidents and a 300 percent in oxycodone-related accidents. Moreover, the study revealed a more than 300 percent increase in vehicle accidents involving fentanyl since 2007.

The investigators discovered fatal driving accidents related to drugs most often occur on Sundays at around 3 in the morning, corresponding to bar closures from Saturday night outings.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney When You are In a Vehicle Accident

If you were injured in a drug or alcohol-related car accident in South Carolina, contact our South Carolina car accident attorney to handle the accident and claim. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, which means we charge no fee unless we recover a settlement for you.

Contact Ryan Montgomery Attorney at Law to discuss your auto accident claim. We can determine what compensation options you could be entitled to, such as: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, funeral and survival benefits, vehicle repair costs and more.