Have You Been Hit By A Car?
If you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian, you are aware of the serious nature of the injuries. South Carolina pedestrian accidents tend to occur in areas where there’s a lot of foot-traffic as well as automobile traffic. This means that areas like crosswalks, sidewalks, median strips, or traffic islands are where the usual pedestrian accident injury or even wrongful death occurs. The most grievous injuries tend to happen when the pedestrian makes contact with an automobile’s: bumper, hood, or windshield. Thousands of people are hit and killed in pedestrian accidents every year. Surprisingly, almost 20% of pedestrian vehicle accidents are hit and run accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported:
A total of 4,743 pedestrian deaths occurred in 2012, down 37 percent from 1975. Pedestrian deaths have declined from 17 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 1975 to 14 percent in 2012. Pedestrian deaths increased in 2012 by 15 percent from their lowest point in 2009, compared with a decline of 3 percent for all other crash deaths during this period.
Motorist Practices Leading To Pedestrian Accidents:
The most common motorist accidents that lead to pedestrian accidents include:
- A driver’s failure to observe posted speed limits;
- A driver’s failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians at marked cross walks;
- A driver’s disregard for traffic control devices; and
- distracted driving.
Getting hit by a car can result in permanent impairment and even death. The human body is not meant to be hit by an automobile, and as such, the head, legs, and arms are the most at risk for traumatic injuries. Other potential body trauma that could occur include:
- Bone Fractures;
- Wrongful death;
- Spinal cord injuries; or
- Traumatic brain injury.
If This Has Happened To You:
You should immediately secure a South Carolina pedestrian accident attorney or South Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney to protect your rights and get compensation for your injuries or a loved one’s death. When this type of tragic event occurs, there may be more than one party at fault such as both the vehicle’s driver and the person who has the responsibility to maintain a sidewalk, parking lot, etc. where the pedestrian was struck. If you have an accident attorney or wrongful death attorney that is experienced in SC pedestrian law, you will increase the likelihood that you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Though no amount of money can make this right or bring back a loved one if killed, that doesn’t change the fact that hospital bills, lost wages, or funeral bills need to be paid. Let us help you secure those.