Car Strikes and Injures Pedestrian on Interstate 77 in South Carolina (SC)
IREDELL COUNTY, NC- Mooresvilletribune.com writes that a pedestrian crash occurred in Iredell County this week. The victim was struck early in the morning by a semi-truck. The early morning incident took place on Interstate 77 before sunrise when the victim walked into the road, and the truck's mirror struck him in the head.*
Iredell EMS transported the victim to the Carolinas Medical Center Main. An investigation into the incident is currently underway and will be directed by the Iredell County Sherriff's Office.
North Carolina's Department of Transportation is working to make the roads safer for everyone in the state. The fatality rate per miles traveled is currently 1.19 per 100 million miles. NCDOT set itself a goal of lowering that number to 1.15 or less, and yet, so far, it has been unable to achieve that target.
In 2019, the state lost 1,472 people in traffic accidents. The number indicates a rise as compared to 2018, when 1,449 people died, and 2017 when 1,401 fatalities were reported.
While total fatalities are continuing to rise in North Carolina, overall traffic fatalities have dropped nationally. In 2018, the number of deaths declined 2.4 percent, even though pedestrian deaths increased, as did cyclist fatalities, and truck occupant deaths.
Although vehicle-related deaths have dropped slightly in the country, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out that 36,560 people still died that year in crashes. Clearly, much more needs to be done in order to make America's roads safer. In 2019, the NHTSA's early estimates indicated another year of declining deaths. The NHTSA states that as a nation, we are making progress, but that we still need to work to increase road safety standards.
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