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AAA: Charleston County #1 in SC for vehicle crashes

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AAA Carolinas has released their list of the most dangerous counties in South Carolina for car crashes and Charleston County is atop that list again.

"Well we are trending not so good. For the last 5 years, we've been in the top 5 for the most likely county to receive a collision. For the last 3 years we've been number 1," AAA spokesperson Lori Jo Simmons said.

Charleston County is 55% above the state average and number 2 in the state when it comes to accidents with injuries.

"It should be a wake up call that we either need better law enforcement or better road design for the amount of traffic Charleston County is experiencing," Simmons said.

"Our roadways are different than they would be in the middle of the state. We have more bridges. We have more merges. We have a different design. So, those designs may need to be looked at," Simmons continued.

It could also mean you may have to pay more for insurance.

"In areas where there are high occurrences of claims, the insurance company has to pay out more in losses. They have to charge each person a little bit more because it is directly proportionate to what they are paying out," Joan Lyman with Wynn & Associated said.

"I think it can be broken down to different counties -- probably not areas within those counties, but there are also statewide statistics," Lyman said.

AAA reminds drivers to do their part to keep the accident numbers down as well.

"Using their blinkers and doing the small things that could provide us with safer roadways," Simmons said.

"When you get behind the wheel, this is a dangerous county. You need to be alert. You need to pay attention to your defensive driving skills," Simmons said.

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