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Without seat belts, air bags, helmets or other means of protection, pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable travelers on our roads. And in our car-centered culture, many drivers of cars and trucks simply don’t look for or don’t notice pedestrians; many are unaware of or simply ignore local laws requiring them to yield to pedestrians trying to cross a street. That can mean serious injuries or death for the pedestrian.
Tragically, the number of pedestrian accidents is on the rise in South Carolina, and significantly more people have been killed in accidents with vehicles in recent years. In fact, according to preliminary 2012 reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol:
Pedestrian accidents aren’t a problem just in South Carolina either. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the number of pedestrian fatalities increased 3 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2011. The increase came even as the total number of highway deaths fell to the lowest level in more than six decades.
While law enforcement is continuing public education efforts on pedestrian and driver safety, this will come as little comfort to those pedestrians who have been seriously injured or to those who lost their loved ones in pedestrian accidents.
Anyone who walks on or near a roadway could potentially become the victim of a pedestrian accident. However, some people are at greater risk than others, and some locations present a greater risk than others. According to NHTSA’s analysis of the pedestrian deaths and accidents:
While traffic laws vary between cities and towns in South Carolina, the law generally gives pedestrians rights as well as responsibilities. Drivers of cars and trucks must yield to pedestrians, even those who violate traffic laws, but pedestrians have a legal duty to obey those laws and take reasonable care to avoid being hit. In short, everyone has a duty to ensure traffic safety. The law gives drivers a special duty to watch out for blind and disabled people, children getting out of school buses and other specific categories of pedestrians.
When a pedestrian is injured in a crash, it may be possible to hold the driver responsible for the accident. Pedestrians can sue a negligent driver who was unreasonably careless and whose bad driving behavior was directly related to the crash.
In any situation where the driver’s behavior was unreasonably careless or unreasonably dangerous, a pedestrian who got hurt as a result of that behavior could sue to collect compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses. If death resulted, then the surviving family members could be able to take action against the driver in a wrongful death case.
Pedestrians who survive a crash often come away with very serious, potentially disabling injuries, including neck and spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and multiple fractures. Good legal representation can help you secure money to help pay medical bills and lost wages, as well as compensate you for non-economic damages that resulted from the crash.
Our firm is located in Columbia, but we represent injured pedestrians all over South Carolina. If we represent you, you will pay legal fees only if we win compensation for your case.