South Carolina gained an unfortunate distinction in recent years, as it now ranks among the deadliest states in the United States for commercial truck crashes. The consequences of these accidents can be devastating, resulting in fatalities, injuries and significant economic costs.
Several key factors contribute to South Carolina’s troubling record, and addressing these factors is necessary to enhance road safety across the nation.
High traffic volume
South Carolina’s strategic location along the East Coast makes it a vital transportation hub. As a result, the state witnesses a high volume of commercial truck traffic, especially along major interstates such as I-95 and I-26. The combination of heavy traffic and large trucks on these routes increases the likelihood of accidents.
Distracted and fatigued driving
Distracted and fatigued driving is a prevalent issue among truck drivers. Long hours on the road and tight delivery schedules can lead to driver distraction and fatigue. These factors impair a truck driver’s ability to react to sudden road hazards or stop in time to prevent collisions.
Inadequate training and maintenance
In some cases, inadequate training and maintenance of commercial vehicles can contribute to accidents. Proper training ensures that drivers know how to handle their rigs safely, while regular maintenance helps prevent mechanical failures that can lead to accidents.
South Carolina’s climate can be unpredictable; sudden changes in weather conditions are common. These weather-related challenges increase the risk of accidents on the state’s roadways, particularly for large commercial trucks.
Go By Truck News lists South Carolina among its “deadliest dozen” states for truck crashes. Addressing these factors and enhancing road safety helps ensure that the state’s roadways become safer for all travelers.