Vehicle Strikes Multiple Pedestrians on Piedmont Highway in Greenville County, South Carolina
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C.- Foxcarolina.com writes that multiple pedestrians sustained injuries late last week after a car struck multiple people in the evening on Piedmont Highway. The reports indicate about five people were struck. One of the victims was later identified as a thirteen-year-old girl who is currently in the hospital. The teen’s family says that she is fighting for her life after suffering severe harm in the crash.*
The reports do not provide details regarding the identity of the other victims or the nature of the accident.
Pedestrian crashes are killing more Americans every year. While fatal accidents involving vehicle occupants are becoming less common, pedestrians are making up a larger percentage of motor vehicle-related deaths. The reason is that while vehicles are getting safer for those inside the vehicle, they are becoming more dangerous to people outside of those vehicles.
Crash avoidance technology is helping drivers to avoid striking other vehicles or objects by alerting drivers of vehicles in their blind spot, or when they are getting too close to another vehicle. Some newer cars even brake in emergencies to avoid crashes. While these vehicles are making people safer, the larger-bodied SUVs and pickup trucks are becoming a problem for people on foot. Taller vehicles tend to strike victims in their torso or their heads. This is more likely to cause severe and fatal injuries than sedans that might strike a person in their lower limbs, causing broken bones and other injuries, but not necessarily fatal injuries. In order to reduce the number of people killed by vehicles, manufacturers are starting to include more pedestrian avoidance technology, which can help drivers avoid striking people. This is especially important at night when drivers may have trouble seeing people in the roadway.
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