Pedestrian Hit and Dragged for Miles in Nighttime Accident

Police in Asheville are now on the hunt for a fourth vehicle that is believed to have been involved in a recent fatal accident. In this accident, a pedestrian was dragged for approximately five miles after being hit by a number of vehicles, according to the Citizen-Times.
Officers are looking into an accident in which the victim is believed to have been hit by at least 3 cars and then dragged from East Asheville through the outskirts of downtown. The victim’s last known address was a homeless shelter on North Ann Street at around 7:00 p.m.

Our Asheville pedestrian accident lawyers understand that the driver of the first vehicle to hit the pedestrian pulled over immediately. That driver reports that two other vehicles struck the man in the mean time. The pedestrian was lodged underneath the third vehicle and was dragged for miles.

“She thought she had a flat tire,” said Traffic Safety Unit Officer Ann Fowler. “She did not know that she hit a person in the roadway.”

Police officers, and a forensics unit were posted at the accident scene for nearly 4 hours. Weather is believed to be a factor in this accident; it was raining and visibility was low.

According to a local report, the speed limit in the area where the accident happened in 45 miles per hour and the area is not well lit.

“When you drive you are more likely to see something if you are thinking about it,” said Dr. Ron Van Houten, PhD, a professor of psychology at WMU. “Whenever and wherever you drive, particularly at night, think about pedestrians.”

As a matter of fact, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that about a quarter of all fatal pedestrian accidents occur before 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The second more frequent time for these kinds of accidents is between 9:00 pm. and midnight. That means that about half of all fatal pedestrian accidents occur during those 6 night hours.

The time period least likely to see fatal pedestrian accidents is from 3:00 a.m. to 6: a.m. Although it has the lowest number of pedestrian fatalities, it has the highest pedestrian probability of one getting killed in a police-reported accident.

According to recent statistics, about 2 pedestrians are killed for every 10 pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrians, you’re urged to do all that you can to make yourself visible if you must walk during the evening hours. Wear bright colors, reflectors and make sure you have a flashlight. Travel as far from vehicular traffic as possible.

It’s important for drivers to be extra cautious when driving at night. Pedestrians and bicyclists can easily been overlooked in these dark, low-visibility conditions. Make sure you’re aware of who’s traveling around you and work to keep everyone safe. Slow it down and keep your attention up. Alert driving habits truly has the power to save lives!

If you or someone you love has 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.

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