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Collisions between pedestrians and motor vehicles can result in life-altering personal injuries. In a crash between a car and a pedestrian, the car always wins. Pedestrians who survive these collisions rarely walk away unscathed – they may suffer painful broken bones, concussions, road rash, even brain injuries. When a careless driver barrels through a school zone, fails to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, or doesn’t pay attention in a parking lot, the outcome can be deadly. If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident, partner with HawkLaw in South Carolina.
Every pedestrian has a duty to follow the laws of traffic and maintain a proper lookout for oncoming vehicles. Pedestrians must use pedestrian signals whenever they are available. Pedestrians who cross the road at a location other than a marked crosswalk at the appropriate time must yield right-of-way to vehicles.
As a vulnerable road user, pedestrians should always practice “defensive walking.” Like defensive driving, this means never assuming drivers will obey road rules. Regardless of what a signal says, pedestrians should look both ways before crossing. Pedestrians have to navigate a variety of risks. Any city poses certain threats to pedestrians, from malfunctioning pedestrian signal lights to distracted drivers breezing through intersections.
When pedestrians and motor vehicles have to cross paths on a daily basis, accidents are bound to occur. In 2015, over 100 pedestrians died from their injuries in these accidents. At HawkLaw, we think one death is too many. When a negligent driver strikes a pedestrian, the law is on the victim’s side.
South Carolina’s comparative negligence laws make proving negligence on the part of the vehicle drive is crucial for pedestrian victims. In South Carolina, the courts will award partial compensation if the pedestrian is a percentage at fault for the accident.
HawkLaw will work to prove the defendant’s fault for a pedestrian accident. We will:
HawkLaw has the experience to help you win a settlement. A successful personal injury case may be your best chance to secure monetary compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering – which may be extensive in a pedestrian accident. Contact us today to find out if you have grounds for a lawsuit in South Carolina. Call 888-HAWKLAW to set up your free consultation* today.