Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Serving Spartanburg and Greenville, SC
A collision between a motor vehicle and a person on foot is certain to result in harm to the pedestrian. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. each, accounting for about 11 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.
When pedestrian accidents are caused by a driver’s carelessness or recklessness, the injured pedestrian or the family of a deceased pedestrian has a right to seek compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.
In Spartanburg, Greenville and across Upstate South Carolina, the law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., assists individuals and families of those who have been hit by a car and injured or killed. Contact us today for a free initial consultation about your case.
How and Where Car / Pedestrian Accidents Occur
Studies by the NHTSA, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and others show a pattern to pedestrian accidents, including the following:
- Pedestrian accidents are largely an urban phenomenon, where automotive traffic and pedestrians are more concentrated.
- These accidents frequently occur at night before midnight.
- Most often, these incidents involve a pedestrian crossing in front of a passenger vehicle that is traveling straight on a road with a speed limit below 40 mph.
- These accidents are most likely to involve a pedestrian crossing midblock without the right of way as opposed to crossing at an intersection with traffic signals.
If a person who is walking, running, jogging or standing alongside a road has been hit by a car and significantly injured, the circumstances of this accident should be investigated. If the car driver has been negligent or reckless, the driver may be held liable.
The same kind of driver negligence and recklessness that causes other types of car accidents can lead to accidents involving pedestrians. This includes:
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Fatigued / drowsy driving
- Illegal passing or turning.
Being hit by a car can cause catastrophic injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries (which may lead to paralysis) and other serious harm. As the speed of the vehicle increases, the severity of a pedestrian’s injuries is also likely to increase.
Contact an Upstate South Carolina Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
A pedestrian injured in car accident that was not his or her fault should be compensated for medical expenses, lost income during recovery, pain and suffering and other losses. Families of pedestrians who die in car accidents deserve to be compensated for similar losses.
Lawyers for the insurance company responsible for paying an accident claim will certainly work to reduce the payout by arguing that the injured pedestrian was at fault. This is why it is important to have an aggressive legal advocate at your side.
An experienced attorney from Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can investigate the circumstances of your pedestrian car accident and work to obtain all of the compensation you deserve. We will develop a claim that represents all of your accident-related costs and losses.
Please contact us today to set up a free consultation about your case.
Sources / More Information
- Traffic Safety Facts – Pedestrians, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Spotlight on Highway Safety – Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, Governors Highway Safety Association
- Pedestrians and Bicyclists, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety