Deadly Pedestrian Crash on Hattons Road in Anderson County, South Carolina
TOWNVILLE, SC- Foxcarolina.com writes that a tragic pedestrian crash took place this week in the early morning. The incident occurred on Hattons Ford Road at its intersection with double Springs Road close to Townsville. Police reports indicate that a 2002 Toyota pickup truck collided with the victim while it was heading northbound on Hattons Ford Road. The victim, a 37-year-old man, died at the crash scene. Reports did not include additional information about the identity of the victim.*
Pedestrian crashes dropped overall in the United States in 2019. However, the small decline reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not reduce the number of pedestrian deaths enough to make up for the years of increasing pedestrian fatalities. More than 6,000 Americans are still dying on the road in pedestrian crashes each year. Additionally, the numbers indicate that the southeastern states, including South Carolina, experienced an increase in overall traffic fatalities last year even as the overall number of such tragic accidents dropped nationally. The numbers are still new and subject to change after further review. At this point in time, it is not yet clear why the southeast saw more traffic deaths last year while every other part of the country experienced a decline.
When it comes to the reason that pedestrians are now more likely to die in crashes than they were just a few years ago, evidence suggests that larger cars are at least in part to blame. SUVs and pickup trucks are more popular now than they were in the past. These vehicles present greater risks to pedestrians then do smaller cars. A person struck by an SUV or a pickup truck is more likely to sustain life-threatening or fatal injuries then is a person involved in a pedestrian crash with a sedan.
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