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Driver Strikes and Kills Pedestrian on Highway 321 in Lexington, South Carolina (SC)


November 06, 2020

LEXINGTON, SC- Wltx.com writes that a pedestrian attempting to cross the street in Lexington, South Carolina, was killed this week. *

The incident took place on Highway 321, close to its intersection with Busbee Road. Reports state that the victim was struck in the early evening. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is carrying out the investigation. Police reported that the vehicle involved was a 2014 Nissan Altima that was heading northbound at the time of the crash. At this point in time, no charges have been filed against the driver. 

South Carolina has some of the most dangerous roads in the United States when it comes to pedestrian crashes. These collisions are killing more than 6,000 people in America every year. Statistics indicate that pedestrian wrecks occur more frequently after dark. 

Poor lighting appears to be one of the major factors when it comes to pedestrian collisions. It is not entirely clear why nighttime crashes are increasing so rapidly. It is possible that newer headlights are not effectively helping drivers see people in the roadway. 

Newer vehicle trends, including Americans' increasing preference for larger vehicles, are another factor that is leading to a higher rate of pedestrian deaths each year in America. SUVs come with a larger risk of fatalities than are presented by smaller cars such as sedans. Hopefully, crash prevention technology will improve the point or vehicle safety features work to protect against pedestrian collisions and not just crashes with other vehicles. 

Current crash prevention systems have not proven effective at protecting individuals traveling on foot. In fact, some recent studies have suggested that pedestrian prevention technology is least effective when it is most needed. Systems are not working at night and when it is raining. Both of those situations make it more challenging for drivers to see people on the road, and therefore increase the risk of pedestrian accidents. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com-click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or a family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com. 

Sources:

https://www.wltx.com/article/news/pedestrian-hit-and-killed-in-lexington/101-b3cc63cc-4959-4024-a9e3-2b3aa3918174  

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/hundreds-of-sc-pedestrians-and-bicyclists-are-dying-heres-how-some-hope-to-change-that/article_882982e6-6611-11e9-b638-bb86571a640e.html

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-detection-works-but-technology-still-has-ways-to-go-aaa-study-finds/#:~:text=Pedestrian%20detection%20technologies%20use%20a,when%20a%20crash%20appears%20imminent.

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