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Helping Charleston Pedestrian Accident

When we think of car accidents, we often think of drivers as the victims and at fault parties. But pedestrians can get injured in car accidents too. In fact, in the state of South Carolina, 1 out of every 10 people killed in a car accident are pedestrians.

Pedestrians include anyone who is not in a vehicle. The term pertains to individuals that are walking, running, hiking, jogging, sitting, or lying down. It also accounts for children playing in the street.

Because pedestrians do not have the protection of a vehicle, accidents may be quite serious in nature. In fact, it is not unusual for pedestrians to die in accidents.

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident because of someone else’s actions, you deserve compensation. A good lawyer will see to it that you are covered for damages including lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional pain and suffering.

The Hopkins Law Firm has years of experience with Charleston, South Carolina pedestrian accidents. Find out how they can help you protect your rights.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

There are several circumstances that increase the risk of a pedestrian accident. Here are some factors to consider.

  • Pedestrian accidents are 76% more likely to occur in cities than in rural areas.
  • Pedestrian accidents are 72% more likely to occur at non-intersections than at crosswalks.
  • Pedestrian accidents are 75% more likely to occur when it is dark as compared to daylight hours. Note: Pedestrians may reduce the occurrence of accidents by wearing bright or reflective clothing when walking after dark.
  • Seniors and children are more likely to be a victim of a pedestrian accident as compared to other adults.

The actions of the driver will also contribute to a pedestrian accident. If the driver is exhibiting negligent, reckless, or illegal behavior while driving, they are more likely to hit someone walking on the street or sidewalk.

Here are some examples of driver behavior that may increase the chance of a pedestrian accident.

  • Speeding
  • Driving distracted
  • Driving fatigued
  • Making an illegal turn
  • Drunk driving
  • Failure to look before proceeding. This is especially common for cars coming out of driveways and turning corners.

It is important to note that a pedestrian accident is not always the fault of the driver. The pedestrian can also be responsible.

Pedestrians must obey traffic signals. They must cross at intersections and they must not step off the curb suddenly in front of an oncoming vehicle. Pedestrians who cross a road that does not have a crosswalk or traffic signals are required to yield to drivers.

If a pedestrian does not follow these rules and an accident occurs, they may be held responsible.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Because a pedestrian is not protected by the shell of a car, they may incur injuries that are serious in nature. Here are some of the most common:

Lower Extremities

The lower extremities are usually the first area to encounter a car during a pedestrian accident. In fact, 50% of pedestrians involved in an accident will incur lower-body injuries. These include trauma to the ligaments and muscles, pelvic fractures, lacerations, and broken bones.

Neck, Face, and Head

The neck, face, and head accounts for the second part of the body that is typically impacted in a pedestrian accident. This upper area can become injured when the body strikes the hood or windshield of the car. 38% of pedestrians suffer injuries such as shoulder displacement, contusions, vertebrae injuries, neck injuries, skull damage, jaw fractures, and lacerations.

Upper Extremities

If a pedestrian lands on the vehicle or is tossed over the vehicle, they may incur upper extremity injuries. 27% of pedestrians involved in accidents will experience musculoskeletal injuries to the arms, wrists, and hands and/or other injuries to the abdominal and chest area.

What Damages Can I Be Reimbursed for in a Pedestrian Accident?

If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, the injuries you sustain can be life changing. They can prevent you from working, they can cause emotional pain and suffering, and they can result in extensive medical expenses.

At-fault parties are responsible for reimbursing you for damages including the following.

Lost Wages

Responsible parties will be made to reimburse you for any lost wages that occur if you must take time off to recover from injuries. They may also owe damages if you are unable to return to work on a permanent basis, or if you must take a lower paying job because your injuries prevent you from carrying out the duties of your current position.

Medical Expenses

These will include expenses owed to medical providers for hospital and doctor visits required immediately after the accident, as well as ongoing expenses for treatment, surgeries, rehab, prosthetics, at home nursing, and the like.

Physical and Emotional Pain and Suffering

After an accident occurs, the victim will experience physical and emotional pain and suffering that can diminish quality of life. Although it is difficult to put a monetary value on these damages, lawyers will apply their years of experience to come up with an amount that is fair.

Funeral and Burial Expenses

If the pedestrian accident results in death, the at-fault party will be responsible for covering funeral and burial expenses. They may also need to reimburse the family for emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages due to the decedent no longer being able to contribute to the family financially.

Hopkins Law Firm Can Represent You in Your Charleston, South Carolina Pedestrian Accident

If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you need a good lawyer on your side. The right attorney will help you build a strong case, target at fault parties, and see to it that you get the compensation you deserve.

Hopkins Law Firm is a Charleston team with over 30 years of experience dealing with pedestrian accidents and personal injury law. Their firm is known for treating their clients with a deep sense of care and respect. They will fight tirelessly in legal situations to ensure the people they represent get the best possible outcomes.

A pedestrian accident can greatly reduce quality of life. Do not let at-fault parties get away with it. Call the Hopkins Law Firm for a free consultation. They will see to it that justice is served.

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