Car Accidents: #1 Killer of South Carolina Teens
More than 5,000 teens die on American roads every year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study.
The study examined recent federal crash statistics, insurance claims data on teen collisions, and U.S. Census Bureau statistics to calculate fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the holidays.
The study found the nation's deadliest cities are: Jacksonville; Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Va.; Birmingham, Ala.; Orlando; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Philadelphia; Sacramento; and St. Louis.
"One interesting fact we uncovered in analyzing the data over eight years is a strong association between the rate of fatal accidents and areas that were more rural and less densely populated," Sperling's President Bert Sperling said. "In other words, areas that were less densely populated had a significantly higher rate of fatal accidents."
Sperling theorizes that accidents in larger, denser cities may occur at lower speeds, causing economic damage but not as likely to be fatal as high-speed accidents.
This information is particularly alarming due to the vast amount of rural roadways in South Carolina. The importance of stressing safety while driving cannot be understressed to our children and teen drivers.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, it is best to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney immediately so that you can get the compensation that you deserve. Shelly Leeke is a car accident attorney who has been representing accident victims for nearly a decade. Contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm today at 843-277-6061 for a FREE consultation about your case!
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