Tragic Greenville accident highlights summer walking dangers

This summer, thousands of pedestrians may face serious injuries or death while walking along busy urban roads or undeveloped rural highways.

South Carolina is known for its beautiful scenery. The nice weather during the summer and fall months may entice many people to walk and enjoy the fresh air instead of drive. Not only is walking great exercise, it is also good for the environment. However, walking also comes with a downside for those who walk near traffic. Thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed every year across the country from being hit by cars.

Those walking have almost no defense when faced with a heavy, fast-moving vehicle. As a result, it is almost always the pedestrian who is seriously injured in an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 100 pedestrians were killed in crashes in South Carolina in 2013. In 2012, more than 4,700 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents across the country.

Location and time of day play large roles in pedestrian accidents

Not surprisingly, it is quite common for people to be struck by a vehicle while walking in busy rural areas with heavy traffic, state the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rural roads with high speed limits, yet no apparent safe spots for pedestrians to walk, are also places of risk. Many pedestrians are struck at night when visibility is poor, particularly at locations away from intersections.

Those who are most at risk of being hit by cars include children and older people. Children often walk to school or friends' homes without fully realizing the dangers of traffic. It is not uncommon for senior citizens to walk for exercise, or because they have no other form of transportation.

Pedestrian accidents can be devastating

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, pedestrians often suffer catastrophic injuries. These usually include:

  • Fractures, particularly to the legs or pelvis
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Those who suffer from head injuries are the most likely to be killed or end up with lifelong disabilities.

A recent accident shows the seriousness of pedestrian accidents in South Carolina. According to Fox Carolina, a 21-year-old man was hit by a car on Augusta Road in Greenville in late June. The hit-and-run accident occurred at nearly 3:00 a.m. Authorities were able to locate a car that had damage on the front indicative of a pedestrian strike, but said the victim appeared to have been hit by more than one vehicle. They were still looking for either a large SUV or commercial vehicle that may have been involved. Unfortunately, the pedestrian died as a result of his injuries.

When not fatal, pedestrian accidents may result in serious complications and thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you were injured as a pedestrian, you may be eligible for compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney should be able to advise you of your options.

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