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Traffic Fatalities on Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach, SC

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2017 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A GPS company named Teletrac Navman has released a report analyzing nationwide data on traffic deaths from 2011 through 2015 to identify the deadliest highways in America.

Highway 17 runs through Myrtle Beach, SC, but it is also a 1200-mile highway that connects the East Coast from Florida to Virginia. During the years studied by Teletrac, there were 521 deaths along Highway 17. 21 of them were in Myrtle Beach which puts us at the top of the list for deaths along Highway 17.

What causes so many traffic deaths in Myrtle Beach? Obviously, car crashes. The other two reasons cited are overturned cars and pedestrian accidents.

Horry County Leads the State in Traffic Deaths

Horry County is among South Carolina’s counties that have the highest rate of traffic fatalities.

So far in 2017, there have been 56 traffic deaths in Horry County alone. Two counties have a higher body count – Greenville with 57 and Charleston with 61.

Myrtle Beach, which accounts for a large portion of Horry County’s highway fatalities, is flooded with visitors – as many as 8 million a year. Traffic congestion, poorly planned roads and crosswalks in some areas, drunk drivers, and visitors who are unfamiliar with local roads all contribute to the high number of deaths.

For the same reasons, South Carolina also has one of the highest rates in the country of pedestrian deaths from auto accidents.

Auto Accident in Myrtle Beach – What Now?

If you have been involved in a car crash in Myrtle Beach, SC, if there were injuries, and if the accident was the other driver’s fault, you need to contact a Myrtle Beach auto accident attorney as soon as possible.

Although you will need to notify your own insurance company of the fact that the accident happened, do not give any statements to the other driver’s insurance company until you have met with your attorney.

Your personal injury lawyer at Axelrod and Associates will meet with you, investigate your accident, get all the evidence and records that you will need, identify all potential sources of recovery, and negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf.

Whether your case involves a fender bender that resulted in minor injuries, a more serious crash that caused long-term injuries, or a wrongful death lawsuit for a family member, you are entitled to maximum compensation for all damages that were caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness.

Need a Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Attorney?

We have helped thousands of clients to find justice, and we want to help you and your family as well.

If you were involved in an auto accident in Myrtle Beach or the Horry County area, schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach auto accident lawyer on the Axelrod team. Call us now at 843-353-3449 or fill out our contact form today.


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