Pedestrian Accidents in South Carolina
Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Aiken
South Carolina is dangerous for pedestrians, and the number of walker injuries and deaths is not improving. Whether it is due to the lack of infrastructure to protect pedestrians or the increasing number of vehicles, the fact is more individuals are losing their lives or suffering injuries. Injured pedestrians are left with traumatic wounds as well as the financial loss such injuries cause. For families, losing a loved one due to a pedestrian accident can mean monetary difficulties that make it hard to go on.
It is important to understand pedestrian rights and what can be done when these rights have been violated. Everyone has the right to feel safe when walking about this beautiful state. Morris Law is here to protect its clients from a negligent person or entity that takes such rights away by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
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Morris Law has the resources and experience an injured party needs to resolve their case successfully after a pedestrian accident. For a grieving family, Morris Law can file a wrongful death lawsuit that helps them deal with the lost support the decedent provided. For pedestrians injured in an accident, we work hard to recover medical expenses, damages due to wage loss and the pain and suffering they experienced. Call us at (803) 470-4444 in the Aiken area. We are here to help you with compassionate legal service.
Major Reasons for a Pedestrian Accident
Since pedestrians are walkers, skateboarders or those using roller blades, the reasons for a pedestrian accident are varied. Following are some of the most common reasons for a pedestrian accident:
- Motorists who do not yield to pedestrians: Pedestrians always have the right of way when they are in a crosswalk. If a crosswalk is not available, as they often are not, it is a responsibility shared by both the pedestrian and the motorist. Since the pedestrian is defenseless against a motor vehicle, it makes sense that the driver will use extreme caution.
- Speeding: Drivers speeding through an intersection are often unable to stop in time to avoid a pedestrian accident. Speeding also increases the force of impact and leads to more severe injuries and deaths. For instance, if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle traveling at 15 mph, minor injuries usually result. However, if a car traveling at 40 mph hits a pedestrian, the likelihood that serious injuries or death will occur is high.
- Impaired drivers: Since drinking and taking illegal drugs and some medications can result in lost cognitive ability and decreased reaction time, this behavior puts many pedestrians at high risk.
- Failing to use a turn signal: When a driver does not use a turn signal, it puts the pedestrian in danger since they may walk directly into the motorist’s path unknowingly.
- Fatigued driving: Closing one’s eyes for a second is enough time to put a pedestrian in danger. Since more motorists are drowsy today when they drive, this behavior can be devastating to a walker.
Ways Drivers Can Protect Pedestrians
The following are some of the things a motorist can do to protect walkers:
- Don’t pass another driver in a crosswalk since the motorist may be waiting for a pedestrian to cross.
- Don’t speed.
- Don’t stop in the crosswalk. This is a frequent practice as drivers are waiting for the light to change. This puts the pedestrian in danger since they must walk around the vehicle, and it blocks the view of other drivers.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Don’t play with the radio or text when driving.
Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident
In most cases, the motorist is at-fault for a pedestrian accident in a crosswalk, although outside of this protected area, both the walker and the motorist may share responsibility. Under South Carolina’s comparative negligence law, the pedestrian may still be able to recover damages. If the crosswalk is poorly designed, not maintained and unlit, a claim may be filed against the city. Your accident attorney will investigate the incident and determine how to recover the damages you suffered such as lost wages, medical costs and pain and suffering.
Morris Law Firm - Pedestrian Accidents
If you or a member of your family suffered injuries or was killed in a pedestrian accident, call to schedule a free case review. Our attorneys will review your case, answer your questions, and let you know what your options are going forward. Call our main number at (803) 470-4444 or reach out to us online. You will not pay us anything until you have won your case. Let Morris Law help you overcome the financial loss the accident caused and obtain the compensation you deserve.