Authorities are still trying to figure out if they’re going to file charges against a driver who was involved in a pedestrian accident in Willow Springs. The accident happened on Old Stage Road when the driver slammed into a 56-year-old pedestrian at roughly 11:30 p.m., according to NBC17.
Our Willow Springs accident lawyers understand that there are approximately 175 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the state of North Carolina every year, according to the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina. As a matter of fact, pedestrians are involved in traffic accidents more often in our state than most other states in the country. According to 2008 statistics, our state ranked 9th for having the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country. During the summer season, these accidents are more likely, too. From May to August, pedestrian accident rates are higher than during any other time out of the year.
Every year, there are about 2,000 pedestrians who are involved in traffic accidents in North Carolina. Unfortunately, these are only the ones that are reported. Experts believe that there are many more than happen that are never reported to officials.
During this time of the year, we’ve got beautiful weather out there and residents are outside and enjoying it. Many are getting out for a leisurely stroll and some are walking (instead of driving) to where they need to go. During the summer travel season, we not only see more pedestrians, but we see more motor vehicle traffic, too. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to travel with caution and to be courteous of one another out there to help to prevent a serious or fatal accident.
The Highway Safety Research Center offer drivers some simple safety tips to help them to be more aware of pedestrian traffic and to help keep these vulnerable travelers safe.
Tips for Drivers:
-Remember that pedestrians can be anywhere at any time. Be on the lookout always.
-Pedestrians can be hard to see, especially during the evening hours. Keep a good lookout and slow down if you cannot see clearly.
-Be ready to stop when you’re entering areas with pedestrians.
-Do not overtake and pass other vehicles stopped for pedestrians.
-When you’re making a turn, you often have to wait for a gap in traffic. Remember that pedestrians may have moved into the street while you were waiting for that gap. Always look before making a turn.
-Be extra attentive and careful in areas where pedestrians are likely, like in school zones and in residential areas.
Pedestrians are urged to be cautious, too. Make your movements as predictable as possible. Make yourself as visible as you can to motorists. Wear bright clothes and reflective materials. Stay away from vehicular traffic whenever possible.
If you or a family member has been killed or seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Rock Hill, Charlotte, or in any of the nearby areas, contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Nearly 50 Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in South Carolina so far in 2012, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, July 3, 2012
Pedestrian Accident in Asheville Seriously Injures Raleigh Man, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, May 5, 2012