South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer News: Traffic Deaths Down in 2024

Unfortunately, deadly traffic accidents can happen to anyone, any time, on any road.

As part of our commitment to helping you stay safe on Greenville, Spartanburg, and other South Carolina roads, we’re sharing monthly statistics on dangerous driving in the Palmetto State.

Here’s some of the most recent data available from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, and how January and February 2024 compares to prior years.

Number of Deaths on S.C. Roads in January and February

2024 130 (Jan: 71; Feb: 59)

2023 154 (Jan: 73; Feb: 82)

2022 163 (Jan: 75; Feb: 88)

2021 176 (Jan: 84; Feb: 92)

2020 128 (Jan: 63; Feb: 65)

2019 147 (Jan: 86; Feb: 61)

2018 137 (Jan: 64; Feb: 73)

Bar graph of the deaths in South Carolina in January & February of the last 7 years.

2024’s total of 130 traffic fatalities in South Carolina is the lowest number of traffic deaths in South Carolina for this time period in the past three years, continuing a downward trend from a high of 176 deaths in 2021. February in particular saw a huge drop in fatalities from 2023 to 2024: a whopping 28% decrease!

How to Help Keep Your Family Safe on South Carolina Roads

Here are some helpful tips for helping keep your family safe while driving in South Carolina:

  • Slow down 

    Speed kills. The faster you’re going if you get into an accident, the more likely you and your passengers are to sustain injuries, even if you’re not at fault. Slow down and arrive alive.

  • Watch out for potholes 

    South Carolina is notorious for potholes and if you’re not paying attention, they can cause serious damage to you, your passengers, and your vehicle.

  • Drive defensively 

    Other drivers’ mistakes can cost you dearly, even if you’re doing everything correctly. Avoid anyone who’s speeding or driving recklessly and don’t engage in road rage – just get to where you’re going safely.

  • Be mindful of intersections 

    Serious accidents often occur at intersections, so always look both ways – even if you’ve got the green light.

  • Always wear your seatbelt 

    A significant number of traffic deaths in South Carolina occur in situations where a seatbelt wasn’t being worn. There’s no doubt that seatbelts save lives. Always buckle up, no matter how short or slow your drive is.

Get Help from a South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you were injured in a car accident in South Carolina that wasn’t your fault, we can help you. We can give you clarity on your case at no cost or obligation and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Since our firm began, we’ve recovered more than $1.8 billion in total for more than 65,000 people.1

For help, contact us online or call 1-866-900-7078 today.

About the Author

Walt Wood practices personal injury law in North Carolina and South Carolina for the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin and was head of the firm’s expansion into Greenville, SC. He has more than 16 years of experience fighting for clients. Walt has the honor of being named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in two states: In 2012 and 2013, he was a North Carolina “Rising Star,” and in 2014, 2015, and 2016, he was a South Carolina “Rising Star.” For “Rising Stars” standards of inclusion, visit