According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), South Carolina had 977 traffic fatalities in 2015, the most recent year with available data. Horry County and the Myrtle Beach area have led the state in traffic fatalities since at least 2011 with the number of fatalities increasingly each year. Drunk driving has contributed significantly to the death toll on our state\u2019s highways, with 309 of the 977 total deaths in 2015 attributed to alcohol impairment. Myrtle Beach Traffic The Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand Area is notorious for congested roads and traffic jams particularly along highway 501 from Conway to Myrtle Beach and Highway 17 which connects the Grand Strand\u2019s towns and cities. The traffic is compounded by numerous road construction projects throughout the area. Bumper to bumper traffic, sudden stops, frayed nerves, and at times a climate of partying beach-goers contributes to an unusually high number of auto accidents and related deaths in the Myrtle Beach and Conway areas. 977 South Carolina highway deaths in one year does not account for the many thousands of injuries that are sustained in car crashes across the state many of which should have been preventable. Any injury that was caused by another driver\u2019s negligence is compensable, and the at-fault driver is responsible for making the injured parties whole again. Making a person \u201cwhole again\u201d obviously is impossible, but your personal injury lawyer at Axelrod & Associates, P.A. will help you to recover the next best thing: Money to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any losses that you suffered as the result of another driver\u2019s negligence. Horry County Traffic Deaths Automobile accidents in Horry County alone accounted for 81 of the 2015 traffic fatalities in South Carolina. This number doesn\u2019t include the surrounding counties in the Grand Strand Area such as Georgetown County. Any time a loved one passes it is a tragedy that changes the lives of their family and the people who knew them. When a loved one is taken from us before their time because of the preventable and careless actions of another driver it is unthinkable. No amount of money can replace a father, mother, son, or daughter that was taken from us in a car crash, but a wrongful death suit can hold the at-fault driver accountable and it should fully compensate the survivors for the financial losses that they have suffered including medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In egregious cases, punitive damages can be imposed on the at-fault driver to punish them and to deter future similar conduct by other drivers. If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer on the Axelrod team. Call us at 843-353-3449 or fill out our contact form today.