South Carolina Bike and Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers
Bike Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, injuries from bike accidents are very common. Negligent drivers send several hundred thousand cyclists to the hospital every year. Some riders protect themselves by wearing a helmet and obeying traffic laws, but sometimes that is not enough to prevent serious injury from a bike accident.
Bike accidents most often lead to:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injury
- Road rash
- And sometimes death
South Carolina bicycle traffic has surged in popularity in recent years. Bicycles and automobiles are supposed to share the road. When there is an unfortunate collision, there are often catastrophic results for the bicyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 there were more than 50,000 injuries and approximately 618 bike motor vehicle accident deaths.
In 2012, 14 people were killed on their bikes while using South Carolina roadways. If you or someone you love was hit in a crosswalk, intersection, or on the road by a car following too closely, you could be entitled to compensation. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. for a free consultation today.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
When a car collides with a pedestrian, the results are almost always severe. Pedestrian accidents can occur in a neighborhood, on a rural road, or even at a major intersection. The most serious pedestrian accident injuries result from pedestrians making contact with a vehicle bumper, hood, or the windshield of a passing car or truck.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2012 a total of 4, 743 people died in pedestrian accidents, and 17 percent of those pedestrian deaths were hit and run crashes.
Common negligent practices by motorists that result in a pedestrian accident include:
- Failure to observe posted speed limits,
- Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians at marked crosswalks,
- Disregard for traffic control devices, and
- Distracted driving.
When a pedestrian is involved in a motor vehicle accident, they are at risk for countless serious injuries. A pedestrian’s head, legs, and arms are the most vulnerable in an accident. A car/pedestrian accident can result in endure extreme bodily injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Fractured bones
Keeping Children Safe From a South Carolina Pedestrian Accident
Children and the elderly are among the most common victims of a pedestrian accident. When a child is hit by a car, it can cause severe injuries and emotional heartache for everyone involved. A pedestrian accident can occur in a school zone when a driver is not following the law, is negligent, distracted, or not obeying the speed limit. Young children do not always understand the dangers of the road, and when a child runs out into the street while playing or chasing a ball, the results can be tragic.
Some child pedestrian safety tips include:
- Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks
- Parents and kids should hold hands in parking lots
- Make sure children know to cross 10 feet in front of a school bus, never behind, and
- Teach your child never to run out into a street for a ball, a pet, to catch the school bus, or any other reason.
When a pedestrian accident occurs, there may be more than one party at fault. Both the driver of a vehicle that strikes a pedestrian and the party responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, roadway or parking lot where the accident occurred may be responsible for a pedestrian accident.
Our South Carolina Bike and Pedestrian accident attorneys have experience analyzing who may be at fault and can help you get the compensation you deserve for a pedestrian injury or death. Call 803.252.4800 for a free consultation.