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Pedestrians involved in 2012 car accidents

Pedestrian safety is always a concern on South Carolina streets; 76,000 pedestrians were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2012 while 4,743 pedestrians were killed. Individuals can take precautions to reduce the risk of an accident by crossing the street at intersections and crosswalks only, and wearing retro-reflective clothing at night or carrying a flashlight increases visibility. Additionally, it is suggested that pedestrians walk facing traffic on the shoulder of the road when a sidewalk is not available.

Compared to a passenger in an automobile, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die in an accident, and some people face larger risks than others. In 2012, adults ages 65 and older accounted for nine percent of all pedestrians injured and 20 percent of all pedestrians killed. Children between the ages of five and 15 were also frequently involved in pedestrian crashes.

Certain types of motorists were more likely to be in a pedestrian accident in 2012, and those who sped were more likely to strike a pedestrian than others. Additionally, higher speeds led to more serious injuries. About 14 percent of drivers in 2012 were involved in a pedestrian crash with a blood alcohol content level of .08 percent or higher.

On average, a pedestrian was injured every seven minutes in 2012 and killed every two hours. Most accidents took place at night in urban areas and at locations without intersections.

In most situations, pedestrians have the right of way on the road, and drivers are supposed to watch for pedestrians to avoid accidents. Many preventable crashes can occur and seriously injure or kill a person. When a pedestrian accident occurs, a victim may be able to seek compensation from the responsible party. This can help one pay for expenses related to the accident like medical costs.

Source: CDC, "Pedestrian Safety", October 22, 2014

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