There was a tragedy in town when a man was killed after being hit by two cars (according to The State paper) in Columbia on July 29th at 9:30 pm.
Drivers and occupants of vehicles are protected, at least somewhat, during an accident. But pedestrians have no protection at all and are often severely hurt or even killed if they are hit by a car, truck, or another vehicle.
Columbia Police Department shared this news release:
The #ColumbiaPDSC Traffic Safety Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian at I-20 @ Clemson Road that happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. The Richland County Coroner’s Officer is assisting w/the investigation. Limited details at this time.
Pedestrian Safety Must Improve
Entirely too many pedestrians are killed on our roadways each year.
According to the CDC:
In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. That’s about one death every 88 minutes.
Additionally, an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.
Risk Factors for Pedestrians
There are several known risk factors that dramatically increase the chances of a person who is walking on foot being hit by a vehicle.
A pedestrian is more likely to be involved in a collision with a car if he/she is:
- Legally intoxicated or high
- Not following proper safety laws (ie: crossing the road improperly)
- Walking at night (and aren’t wearing bright clothing or carrying a light)
- Not able to hear due to wearing earbuds, etc…
Risk Factors for Drivers of Vehicles
There are also several known risk factors for motor vehicle drivers to be more likely to be involved in a collision with a person who is walking.
A driver is more like to hit a person if he/she is:
- Legally intoxicated or high
- Driving at night
How Can Pedestrians Avoid Being Hit by Vehicles?
We’d like to share a few recommendations to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Carry a flashlight or wear light-colored, reflective clothing if walking at night.
- Don’t walk in the road except to cross properly at crosswalks in urban areas.
- Only walk along streets if you are sober. Call a cab or a friend for a ride if you are not sober.
- Walk on sidewalks, not in the road.
- Walk facing traffic on the shoulder of the left side of the road if sidewalks are not available.
- Don’t use earbuds or headphones that would prevent you from being able to hear what is going on around you.
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