According to AAA's yearly crash data analysis, fatalities from South Carolina tractor trailer crashes continued to rise in 2005 (the most recent year for which data was available). For the second consecutive year, South Carolina highway wrecks involving tractor trailers went up, from 74 to 84. As a percentage of total crashes, Union County, South Carolina led the way in terms of the highest number of deadly truck accidents. The highest total number of tractor trailer deaths happened in Jasper County in 2005, where 7 people died.
South Carolina traffic deaths (involving vehicles of all types) decreased somewhat overall, from 1,093 deaths (2004) to 1,046 deaths (2005). In 2005, vehicle drivers and passengers had the greatest chance of both being in a crash and being injured in Charleston County, compared to all other counties in South Carolina. More than 13,000 crashes took place that year in Charleston County. Thankfully, Charleston County fatalities dropped in 2005 from the previous year. The greatest chance of being involved in a fatal crash, in terms of crashes per mile driven, was in Barnwell County.
The most dangerous counties in terms of total crashes in 2005 were: Charleston County, Richland County, and Greenville County. The safest counties in this category were: Calhoun County, Fairfield County, and Lee County.
The most dangerous counties in terms of crashes causing injury in 2005 were: Charleston County, Greenwood County, and Richland County. The safest counties in this category were: Calhoun County, Jasper County, and Clarendon County.
The most dangerous counties in terms of fatal crashes in 2005 were: Barnwell County, Saluda County, and Chesterfield County. The safest counties in this category were: Allendale County, Hampton County, and Charleston County.