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Traffic Collisions

The two dashboards below illustrate many characteristics of traffic collisions which may provide insight into the cause of collisions, lead to effective countermeasures for reducing the number of collisions and minimize the severity of traffic collisions. Traffic collisions and fatalities are responsible for millions of dollars in economic loss in the region. The economic loss includes property damage, medical costs, and lost productivity, but does not include intangible costs such as grief and suffering. The region’s economic loss from traffic collisions in 2021 totaled over $300 million.


Data Notes
Definition Traffic Collisions:  A road vehicle collision in which (1) the unstabilized situation originates on a trafficway or (2) a harmful event occurs on a trafficway not directly resulting from a cataclysm (a cloudburst, cyclone, earthquake, flood, hurricane, lightening, tidal wave, torrential rain, tornado or volcanic eruption).

  • Inclusions: Motor vehicles driven into water after bridge was washed during a hurricane or flood or motor vehicles driven into fallen materials covering a roadway after a landslide or avalanche.
  • Exclusions:  Motor vehicles in transport washed away with a bridge during a hurricane or flood or motor vehicles in transport buried by a landslide or avalanche.
Economic Loss:  The loss is a measure of property damage, medical costs and lost productivity, but does not include intangible costs such as grief and suffering that accompanies a traffic death or injury.
Data Source S.C. Department of Public Safety, Traffic Collision Fact Book
Last Updated May 2024