We continue our spring safe driving series with an alert to the high risk of pedestrian accidents in South Carolina, North Carolina and elsewhere in the country this time of year. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are hitting the pavements in full stride so motorists need to drive with a little more caution in order to avoid colliding with them this spring.
Another pedestrian killed recently has our Greenville personal injury lawyers urging pedestrians to wear bright clothes so that motorists have a better chance of seeing you. WMBF reports that the pedestrian put himself in danger by walking in the middle of the road in dark clothes. The pedestrian was hit by a pickup truck in the middle of the on-ramp of Highway 9 and Highway 31 during early morning hours.
In 2009, over 4,000 pedestrians were killed in vehicle crashes in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Of the almost 900 total traffic fatalities reported in South Carolina for 2009, 89 were pedestrian fatalities which equates to about 10 percent of the total. Greenville County, ranked second for most fatalities of all counties in South Carolina, reported 7 pedestrian fatalities in 2009. Pedestrians accounted for 13 percent of total traffic fatalities in Greenville County according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Motorists can expect to see more pedestrians now that spring has arrived and cities across North and South Carolina are sponsoring more outdoor activities. Drivers should be on the lookout for walkers and exercise the following safe driving behaviors this spring in order to avoid hitting a pedestrian:
-Never allow yourself to drive distracted by talking on your cell phone, grooming, eating, or reading something while behind the wheel.
-Refrain from swerving to avoid obstacles in the road if pedestrians are present. Avoiding the obstacle may cause you to hit someone inadvertently walking in your path.
-Use extreme caution at night or during inclement weather like severe rain storms, hail or high winds. These conditions make it difficult to see pedestrians so pull over or refrain from driving completely if vision becomes limited.
-Control your speed on rural or highly populated roadways.
Pedestrians are encouraged to always make themselves visible with bright clothing. Limit your walks to daylight hours and pleasant weather conditions if at all possible. More importantly, if you feel you are at risk of an accident, call a driver or use public transportation to get you home safely.
If you have been injured in a car-related accident in North or South Carolina, contact the Lee & Smith, P.A. for personal assistance. Rely on our experienced team of accident attorneys to fight for the rights of you and your family by calling 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential appointment.