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Dangers of highway construction zones

Many construction workers are seriously injured or killed while working in highway construction zones every year, both in South Carolina as well as in the rest of the country. In order to combat the high numbers of deaths and injuries, states utilize reduced speed limits and increased penalties for motorists who speed through these zones.

Bad sidewalks leading cause of pedestrian injury

South Carolina residents may find walking a more healthful alternative to driving a vehicle, but the pedestrian life is not without its hazards. Nationwide statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 4,743 pedestrians met with fatal accident in 2012, and another 76,000 suffered injury. That comes out to roughly one pedestrian injured every 7 minutes. These injuries are often due to the negligence of another party.

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.

Woman killed after being struck by vehicle

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported that a pedestrian was struck and killed while walking alongside Interstate 385 on Oct. 9. According to investigators, the 25-year-old woman was walking in an attempt to flag down a vehicle to help with an accident that had previously occurred on the interstate.

South Carolina hit-and-run kills 1, injures 1

A hit-and-run in Folly killed one person and injured another on Aug. 30. Police arrested the man who fled the scene later in the day, and he faces charges for reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury.

Responding to the trauma of a car-pedestrian accident

Walking across busy intersections is something many South Carolina residents might do every day. In order to get from one side of the road to the other safely, these pedestrians might rely on traffic signals. At the very least, pedestrians depend on motorists to follow traffic laws and remain attentive.

South Carolina roads unsafe at any speed for pedestrians, Part 2

Being able to get from place to place safely is a critical component of being a mobile individual. And, unfortunately, we revealed the fact that pedestrians in South Carolina face significant danger when compared to other states in a blog post last week.

South Carolina roads unsafe at any speed for pedestrians, Part 1

When we imagine roadways, it's probably not a stretch to make an instant connection with motor vehicles. Despite this strong connection, the reality is that cars are not the only occupants of the road. In fact, pedestrians and bicycles often move across or along the road.

Limiting left-hand turns could reduce car accident rate

Many South Carolina residents use their vehicles on a daily basis to get to work or drop their children off at school. While behind the wheel, there's a good chance that drivers take one or more left-hand turns without thinking twice about doing so. The reality is that this routine maneuver is much more dangerous than many might think.

Pedestrians, bikers may not be safe on South Carolina roads

In urban areas, it may not be uncommon for people to travel by bike or foot. Knowing that South Carolina generally has a mild climate, these activities could happen any time of year. Despite this fact, pedestrians and cyclists could be at risk whenever they decide to hit the road. Unfortunately, accident data seems to back this up.

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