Injury Statistics in South Carolina (S.C.) Infographic

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South Carolina Injury Statistics Infographic

Injuries are common in South Carolina, and you may be surprised at the numbers. Please review our infographic for personal injury statistics in South Carolina. If you’ve been injured in a personal injury accident you should contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Jeffcoat Firm today for a free consultation.

S.C. Injury Statistics - Infographic

Injuries are common in our state, and you may be surprised at the numbers. Please review our infographic for personal injury statistics in South Carolina.

At The Jeffcoat Firm, we proudly represent injury and accident victims throughout Columbia, Lexington, and all of South Carolina. Mr. Jeffcoat has built his practice and reputation on providing thorough, aggressive and competent representation of his injured clients. We believe that maintaining an open attorney-client relationship with each client is essential to developing and executing effective legal strategies. More information about our practice can be found here.

If you’ve been injured, contact us today for a free consultation. Call us 24 hours a day at (803) 200-2000 or use our online contact options.

Key Injury Statistics in South Carolina

In 2014, South Carolina experienced the following due to injuries:

  • 3,632 deaths
  • 39,269 hospitalizations
  • 514,505 emergency room visits

Injury Deaths

From 2003 to 2013, South Carolina was ranked #14 for overall injury deaths.

In 2014, three leading causes of injury deaths were:

  • Motor vehicle accidents made up 22.1% of injury deaths in South Carolina with 803 deaths.
  • Poisoning (including drug overdoses) made up 18.5% of injury deaths with 673 deaths.
  • Falls, with 11.5% of injury deaths with 417 deaths.

Fall Injuries

Falls are a significant source of hospitalization and emergency room visits. In 2014, South Carolina experienced the following problems due to slip and fall accidents:

  • 417 deaths.
  • 17,471 hospitalizations.
  • 134,448 emergency room visits.

Burn Injuries or Fire-Related Injuries in 2014

Burn injuries are serious threats to health that resulted in:

  • 5 deaths.
  • 263 hospitalizations.
  • 7,415 emergency room visits.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can arise from motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and many other sources.

  • 1,203 deaths.
  • 6,487 hospitalizations.
  • 44,701 emergency room visits.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents are the leading cause of injury and death in South Carolina:

  • In 2016, 1020 people were killed in traffic accidents.
  • There were 40,187 crashes that involved injuries.
  • One person killed in motor vehicle accident every 8.6 hours.
  • One person injured every 8.5 minutes.
  • One person killed in a DUI .08+ collision every 26.5 hours.
  • One motorcyclist killed every 2.5 days.
  • One predestrian killed every 2.5 days.
  • One bicycle rider killed every 15.3 days.

Drivers were an important source of injuries and deaths on South Carolina roads:

  • According to South Carolina DPS, in 2016 94.4% of traffic crashes were driver-related.
  • Distracted driving and inattention resulted in 9 fatal collisions and 2,272 injury collisions.
  • Driving too fast for conditions resulted in 199 fatal collisions and 11,846 injury collisions.
  • Failure to yield right of way resulted in 115 fatal collisions and 9,004 injury collisions.
  • Driver factors resulted in 793 fatal collisions and 38,044 injury collisions.
  • In 2016, driver factors were responsible for 866 fatalities and 59,028 injured individuals.

Workplace Injuries

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 32,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses happened in 2016.
  • Approximately, 18,700 were serious and required days off of work.


Michael Jeffcoat


“When I went to law school, I didn’t know at first that I wanted to be a lawyer for injured people, but the more I saw and learned in the early years of practicing law about what big corporations and insurance companies do and how they behave, the more it became clear to me that I needed to be a plaintiff’s lawyer,” he recalls.

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