On Highway 17 near 23rd, an SUV struck and killed a female pedestrian. According to WMBF, the woman was a 53-year-old resident who died of multiple trauma. Reportedly, she had been homeless in the area for about two years now.
Accident reports indicate that the woman was crossing the road with a number of other pedestrians. Reportedly, they were outside of the legal crosswalk when it all happened at roughly 6:00 p.m. The woman was wearing dark clothing when the northbound SUV hit her. Thankfully, the driver stopped and dialed 9-1-1. No charges will be filed.
Our Rock Hill pedestrian accident attorneys understand that this accident is helping to raise awareness in the community about the risks our pedestrians face. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, law enforcement officials will be stepping up their enforcement efforts to help to make sure that pedestrians are more aware when crossing the road. It’s all a part of the “SEE” campaign. It’s the “Stop, Educate, Enforce” campaign. Officers are asking that all pedestrians make eye contact with drivers before trying to cross in front of them. Officials are also working to make sure that pedestrians know and understand where it is legal to cross the street.
Last year, troopers were able to make contact with more than 7,000 South Carolina walkers. The year before that, officers were only able to make contact with about 3,000 pedestrians.
Pedestrians in the area report a number of ways that they are choosing to stay safe.
“Looking both ways for each direction and judging too that I’ve got enough time at my speed that I can cross and not have to make a run for it and not have to make someone throw their brakes on,” said resident Sandra Taylor.
Whichever way you decide that you want to stay safe out there, you’ve got to remember to look out for yourself. You can’t always assume that motorists are going to look out for you because the truth of the matter is that we’re overlooked by motorists all the time.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 4,500 pedestrians killed along roadways in the U.S. in 2010. In addition to these fatalities, we saw about 70,000 pedestrian injuries because of these same incidents.
In the state of South Carolina, there were close to 100 pedestrians killed in 2010. These accidents accounted for more than 11 percent of all of our traffic fatalities for the year.
Pedestrians are asked to be safe and cautious. Your defensive traveling skills are going to be your savior — not the habits of drivers. Unfortunately, pedestrians are commonly overlooked along our roadways. That’s why it’s important to make ourselves visible by wearing bright clothing and by making our walking as predictable as possible.
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:
Spate of Fatal Pedestrian Crashes Reported in North Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, February 3, 2013
Crossing Pedestrian Killed on Steel Creek Road, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 28, 2012