It might surprise you that more than 10 percent of the people killed in car accidents in South Carolina each year are pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in its latest annual count that 113 of 828 people (13.3 percent) who died in car accidents in our state were on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down near or on a roadway.
Pedestrians are killed and injured in car accidents in the same way as drivers, passengers and bicyclists. Oftentimes, it is because of a driver’s negligence or recklessness. When such an accident occurs, the injured pedestrian, or the family of a deceased pedestrian, may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
Joye Law Firm works to obtain money for injured pedestrians in South Carolina. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, call Joye Law Firm.
When, Where and How Pedestrian Accidents Happen
A pedestrian killed in a car accident is more likely to be elderly (age 65 or older) or young (15 years old or younger), according to NHTSA. Pedestrian accidents are more likely:
- In an urban setting versus a rural setting
- At non-intersections versus at intersections
- At night (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.)
- During normal weather conditions (clear or cloudy) compared to during rain, snow or foggy conditions.
In addition, alcohol is involved – either on the part of the driver or the pedestrian — in about half of car crashes that result in a pedestrian death, NHTSA says.
Drunk driving is just one of the typical causes of pedestrian accidents. Others are essentially that same as the careless and reckless driving that causes other car accidents, including:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Improper passing or illegal turns.
When pedestrians are run down while walking alongside a road, standing on a street corner or crossing a road, they may be entitled to make a legal claim if the driver was at fault. But, pedestrians have responsibilities, as well.