A 57-year-old woman from Rock Hill was killed in a pedestrian accident on Heckle Boulevard by McCollough Street. According to Herald Online, this accident happened just two blocks from where her husband was walking when he was hit and killed by a passing van just eight years ago. Paramedics arrived at the scene at about 9:00 p.m. and transported the injured woman to the Piedmont Medical Center. Just before 10:30 p.m. she was pronounced dead.
Residents and witnesses to the accident say that she was trying to cross the street when she was hit by a passing vehicle. The area in which this accident happened does not have a crosswalk.
Our Rock Hill pedestrian accident lawyers understand how dangerous some of our city’s roadways are for pedestrians. Many of these streets are designed solely for fast-moving vehicular traffic and forget the needs of pedestrian and bicyclist traffic. It’s important for drivers to always be on the lookout for pedestrians, even when they’re not expected. Safe driving habits might be one of the most effective ways to prevent a potentially fatal accident. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings at all times!
There were nearly 900 traffic accident fatalities in the state of South Carolina in 2009. Most of these accidents occurred in rural areas. Of these accidents, only 16 fatalities were witnessed in urban areas.
Many of these accidents involved pedestrians, too. These vulnerable travelers stand little to no chance against the size and weight of a motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 4,200 pedestrians killed in the United States in 2010. Another 70,000 were injured in these same incidents. In South Carolina, there were nearly 100 pedestrians killed throughout the year.
We need to get drivers to pay a little more attention to the on-foot traffic. Drivers are to remember that when there are no traffic signals, a driver is required to yield the right of way to a crossing pedestrian. At the same time, pedestrians are to stay off of the road until it is safe to cross. Pedestrian are required to use the right half of a crosswalk. Pedestrians are not to cross an intersection diagonally unless they’re instructed to by a device or an official. When there’s a sidewalk, use it! It’s important for a pedestrian to make their travel as predictable as possible. You want motorists to see you along our roads so that they can steer clear of you!
When driving in a residential zone or in a school zone, drivers should slow it down and be extra cautious. In areas where pedestrians are likely to be found it’s important to be on the lookout. Make sure you physically turn and check your surroundings before making a maneuver in traffic or reversing your car. You can help to keep pedestrians safe and alive with your responsible driving habits.
If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.
Rock Hill woman dies crossing same road where husband was hit, killed, by Jonathan McFadden, Herald Online
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