Nearly 50 Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in South Carolina so far in 2012

The pedestrian fatalities keep climbing. According to state reports, there have been 49 people killed in pedestrian accidents in Spartanburg and elsewhere in the state of South Carolina in just 2012.

According to WMBF News, a recent accident in North Myrtle Beach marked the 49th fatality of the year. An 18-year-old driver in a pickup truck hit a pedestrian as the victim attempted to cross Highway 17. The young driver remained on scene and called authorities to report the accident. The teen driver tried to avoid him but was surrounded by other cars and wasn’t able to. The pedestrian died on scene.
Our Spartanburg pedestrian accident lawyers understand that this is a high number of pedestrian fatalities for this point of the year. Because of these numbers, officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol are working to inform residents and visitors to stay away from busy, heavily-traveled roads and to practice safe walking habits regardless of where they are or how they’re traveling.

“The best thing to do is wear reflective clothing. You’ll be visible for 500 feet, which is plenty of time for a car to avoid you,” said S.C. Highway Patrol Officer, L. Cpl. Sonny Collins.

According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program is used to help to make roadways safer for those who choose to walk and pedal throughout the state. Each and every day, more people than you might think are choosing these modes of transportation. It provides travelers with exercise, it helps to reduce traffic congestion on our roadways and it helps to preserve our environment. Some are even doing it to try to save some money and are staying away from the gas pumps. Either way, we can expect increased risks for accidents. The only way we can help to make our roadways safer for everyone is to become better and safer travelers. It’s going to take a conscious effort from everyone, but it can help to save lives!

In addition to those who have some place to go, we’ve also got the travelers who are too young or too old to drive. These travelers require extra care and caution as they’re more likely to be involved in traffic-related accidents than any other age group.

Pedestrian Safety Tips:

-Wear bright colors so motorists are more likely to see you.

-Avoid walking at night.

-Don’t rely on traffic signals.

-Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.

-Use a sidewalk when one’s available.

-Cross at intersections and at crosswalks.

-Be on the lookout for turning or reversing vehicles.

-Walk facing traffic.

-Don’t assume that traffic will stop for you.

-Avoid wearing headphones or talking one a cell phone while walking near motor vehicle traffic.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident in Spartanburg or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. We offer free consultations to victims and their families. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule an appointment today.

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Driver Kills Pedestrian in Hit-and-Run Driver Traffic Accident in Spartanburg, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, February 12, 2012

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