According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol a recent fatal pedestrian accident in Spartanburg left officials on the hunt for a hit-and-run driver. The accident happened just minutes before 12:30 a.m. on North Blackstock Road, in front of Fairforest Middle School. Police officials believe the vehicle involved in the fatal accident was medium-sized and either blue or green.
Spartanburg County Coroner Dwayne Corn says the victim was a 26-year-old man who died at the scene. The male pedestrian was only a mile away from his home when it happened, according to FOX Carolina.
Our Spartanburg pedestrian accident attorneys understand pedestrians face some dangerous risks when walking along our busy South Carolina roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents in the U.S. in 2009. In additions to these fatalities, there were another 60,000 pedestrians injured in these types of accidents. South Carolina accounted for nearly 100 of these pedestrian fatalities over the year. We understand that walking is environmentally friendly and a fun way to get some exercise, but pedestrians are warned to be cautious when traveling alongside motor vehicles.
To help to keep pedestrians safe along roadways throughout the state, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is here to offer you some safe pedestrian travel tips. Please review these following safety tips and to share them with your friends and family members to help to make our roadways safer for everyone.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
-Whenever there’s a sidewalk, use it! If there isn’t a sidewalk for you to use, walk on the edge of the roadway. Do so on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
-Use pedestrian bridges whenever they are available.
-Be sure you always use an intersection or a crosswalk to cross the street. Pedestrians are most often hit by vehicles when they cross the road at places other than at an intersection.
-Before stepping onto the roadway to cross, be sure to look left, right and back left again before proceeding.
-See and be seen. Make sure drivers know where you are!
-Wait for the appropriate cross signals and traffic lights before crossing the street.
-Keep out of drivers’ blind spots.
-Be sure that you make eye contact with a driver before trying to cross the road. You want to make sure that they see you.
-Wear brightly-colored clothing.
-Carry a flashlight or wear reflective tape when traveling after dark.
-Never let children play near traffic without supervision.
-Avoid drinking alcohol and walking. Just as booze can hinder your ability to drive, it can also hinder your ability to walk safely.
If you, a friend or a family member has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident in either North or South Carolina, contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. We offer free consultations to victims and their families so call 1-800-887-1965 to make an appointment today.
HP: Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run 1 mile from his home, by Casey Vaughn, FOX Carolina
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