Car vs. Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits
A South Carolina pedestrian is killed every 4 days according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety's most recent Traffic Collision Fact Book.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010, one fatal pedestrian-related crash was reported every 2 hours and a pedestrian was injured every 8 minutes.
As more and more individuals opt for public transportation and walking to their destination instead of paying for the rising cost of gasoline, pedestrian-related accidents continue to climb. The number of pedestrian-related incidents have been on an upward trend since 2009.
Did you know that if you or someone you love has been fatally or non-fatally injured in a pedestrian accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses?
At the law offices of Harbin & Burnett, our attorneys can help to explain your legal options and pursue your MAXIMUM injury compensation amount.
For a no-cost, no-obligation review of your claim, fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to your right or call 1(888)821-0247.
We proudly offer injury victims 100% free consultations and we only get paid when we win.*
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The South Carolina drivers manual states that it is the responsibility of every motorist to yield to a pedestrian whether they are a runner, walker, or person with a disability in a wheelchair.
Some common driver errors that cause pedestrian collisions include (but are not limited to):
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to watch for pedestrians while exiting a driveway
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield
Although motorists bear the brunt of the responsibility, pedestrians must also behave in a reasonable manner when walking on or near the roadways.
Some common pedestrian actions that could lead to an accident include:
- Failing to use a crosswalk
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Darting in front of traffic
Nighttime is particularly a dangerous time for pedestrians on rural highways and poorly lit roadways. According to the 2009 South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book, the majority of pedestrian collisions occurred after 6:00 p.m.
Common Accident Injuries
Of all the traffic accidents involving pedestrians, 86 percent led to injury and 10 percent were fatal. As pedestrians are not protected with any type of safety gear, they are much more susceptible to suffer injuries.
Some common types of pedestrian injuries include:
- Road rash
- Deep bruising/contusions
- Facial and dental damage
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken bones
These types of accidents can happen in an instant, if you are involved in a pedestrian-related collision it is imperative to call for medical help right away.
If you witness a pedestrian-related accident, stop for help and/or call emergency services immediately.
Contact our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one is seeking legal counsel after being injured in a pedestrian accident, the lawyers at Harbin & Burnett are ready to help.
We understand how devastating this type of collision can be, many times pedestrians will go through months of rehabilitation in order to get back to their normal lives. You need tough, smart working attorneys on your side who can help you fight for full and fair compensation.
Our law office is located in Anderson, South Carolina and we proudly serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Travelers Rest
and many more local cities. We also offer home and hospital visits for pedestrians who have suffered devastating injuries and are unable to meet with us at our office.
Call our law offices today at 1(888)821-0247 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation review of your pedestrian accident claim or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form at the top right hand corner to get started immediately.