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Traveling on foot to get around is very common in South Carolina, especially in a beach town or tourist areas. All drivers are required to obey all crosswalk and pedestrian signs while operating their vehicles, including cyclists. If a driver disobeys these laws, they can be held criminally and civilly liable for their actions or negligence behavior. A pedestrian is more likely to suffer fatal injuries when in an accident than any other person involved.
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a fatality due to a pedestrian accident, it is important to take proper recourse. You are owed justice and proper compensation for your expenses and suffering.
Our pedestrian accident attorneys at Mickelsen Dalton can help you obtain the justice you seek. We are here to help you through this stressful and complex process. If you have any doubts, please give us a call today and we will help answer any questions you may have.
Our personal injury attorneys in South Carolina are tenacious advocates who will always put our clients’ needs before anything else. The team at Mickelsen Dalton includes experienced lawyers well-versed in personal injury law and competent staff who will ensure proper case organization.
We are different from many other firms because we see your claim as more than just another case; we see it as a life in need. This is a trying time and an unthinkable situation, which requires the utmost attention.
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If you were injured in South Carolina or Georgia by a careless motorist, you may be entitled to compensation through an insurance claim or a personal injury action. Your pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to hold the at-fault driver liable for your injuries and collect compensation for:
After the accident, you may decide to employ a lawyer. A pedestrian accident attorney can help you navigate the legal system so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries or caring for a loved one who has been injured.
Any accident in which a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian is referred to as a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians might be people on foot, skateboards, or scooters. Pedestrians attempting to cross roadways, sidewalks, or crosswalks are involved in these collisions. The following are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents:
Motorists and pedestrians both have a responsibility to exercise reasonable caution. A driver of a motor vehicle has a reasonable duty to operate their vehicle in a safe manner and to avoid engaging in any reckless behavior while doing so. When a driver fails to take reasonable care by driving carelessly and causes a pedestrian accident, the driver may be held accountable for the pedestrian’s injuries under the theory of negligence.
A pedestrian also has a responsibility to use reasonable caution when walking in a safe manner. A pedestrian might be held liable for his or her own injuries if he or she fails to exercise reasonable care for his or her own safety.
In the United States, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in automobile accidents in the most recently reported year. It is estimated that one person dies every 88 minutes in a pedestrian accident.
Additionally, the CDC also reported that an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated for nonfatal crash-related injuries in emergency rooms. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passengers in passenger vehicles to be killed in a car accident per trip.
In a recent survey published by the South Carolina Department of Transportation, South Carolina remained in the top five states in terms of pedestrian deaths per capita, moving up from sixth to third. This is based on 123 pedestrian fatalities reported in the last year, up 16 from the prior year. According to the most recent figures, South Carolina’s pedestrian fatality rate (pedestrians killed per 100,000 people) is 2.51, which is 112 times higher than the national rate of 1.67 deaths per 100,000 population.
If you have ever been in a pedestrian accident, you are well aware that medical bills may quickly add up. You might be unable to work and be in a lot of discomforts. If a loved one was killed in a car accident, you might find yourself without the financial and emotional support you needed. You deserve justice and an experienced pedestrian accident attorney can help you obtain the compensation you are owed.
Contact Mickelsen Dalton today to discuss all legal options following your accident. Our attorneys are experienced, aggressive litigators who will fight for our client’s rights. Contact us online or give us a call at your South Carolina office at (843) 804-0428 or our Georgia office at (678) 641-9054. You can also contact us via email or our online form. We are here for you any day of the week and any hour of the day.