Vulnerable Roadway Users
Pedestrian fatalities account for, on average, 12% of all traffic-related deaths in South Carolina. South Carolina experienced a high number (271) of pedestrian-involved fatal and severe injury collisions in 2008 (Figure 32). That number decreased by 12.5% the following year (2009). Since 2009, however, the number of pedestrian-involved fatal and severe injury collisions has increased each year, by 5.1% in 2010, 2% in 2011, and 9.1% in 2012.
In pedestrian-involved fatalities and severe injury collisions, pedestrians were shown as having contributed to the collisions more than 65% of the time. Also, according to state data analysis, alcohol-impairment is high among pedestrians involved in fatal and severe injury collisions and has shown to have contributed to the collision. Pedestrians are often encountered by motorists at night on secondary roads where they are often inconspicuous to the driver due to dark clothing.
There were many non-motorist activities that contributed to the pedestrian-involved fatal or severe injury collisions. The behaviors or actions taken by the non-motorist, or pedestrian, accounted for 64.2% of the total primary contributing factors for these collisions.