Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department were called out to a car accident that involved a pedestrian recently on Steele Creek Road. Accident reports indicate that the pedestrian was attempting to cross that road at the intersection of Branch Bend Lane when he was hit by a passing motorist.
According to WSCOTV, the pedestrian was taken to the Carolinas Medical Center-Main with life threatening injuries. The driver and the three of his teen passengers were not injured in the accident. Unfortunately, the pedestrian died just a few days later as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Officials with the Police Department and the Major Crash Investigations Unit are still investigating the accident. No charges have been filed yet.
Our Charlotte pedestrian accident lawyers understand that pedestrians are at a high risk for serious injury and even death when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. The faster the car is going the higher these risks. With the end-of-the-year travel season approaching, we’re reminding motorists to keep an eye out for pedestrians. Vehicular traffic, as well as pedestrian traffic, is expected to increase as we round out the rest of the year. It is important that you keep an eye out for pedestrians even in areas where they’re least expected.
Each and every year, there are more than 2,000 pedestrians who are involved in police-reported traffic accidents in North Carolina. About 200 are killed and another 500 who are seriously injured, according to The University of North Carolina’s Safety Research Center.
Over the last five year, there have been close to 12,500 collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians reported to police. Most of these accidents happen in urban areas. About 60 percent of these accidents happened in the Piedmont region. Another 30 percent happened in the Coastal Plain counties and the last 10 percent in the Mountain region of North Carolina.
Most of these accidents involved pedestrians who were between the ages of 31 and 60. Males were also more likely to be the victims in these accidents. They accounted for more than 60 percent of the victims reportedly involved in these crashes.
Pedestrians are urged to be on the lookout when walking. You never want to assume that a driver sees you. Not only should you be aware of your surroundings at all times, but you should always make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Avoiding distractions while walking is important as it is while driving.
Regardless of who is out there walking, we’re asking all drivers to be on the lookout. You can help to reduce the risks of these accidents and help to keep our North Carolina family safe through the upcoming holidays.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Pedestrian Killed in Accident on Same Block as Husband’s Accident 8 Years Ago, North Carolina personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 18, 2012
Walkers Beware: Pedestrian Fatalities Up Despite Recent Decline in Traffic Accidents, North Carolina personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 16, 2012