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Columbia, SC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

In Columbia, pedestrian accidents and fatalities are on the rise

At one point or another, everyone is a pedestrian. As the expense of driving and insuring a vehicle rise, more and more people choose to walk to their destinations. As the number of pedestrians increases, so do the number of pedestrian accidents. To see where the Columbia region ranks in terms of pedestrian collisions nationally, please go to this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.

Despite safety improvements, pedestrian accidents are common in Columbia

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 nationally:

  • 69% of pedestrians killed in 2012 were males;
  • 73% pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas;
  • 32% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred between 8:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.;
  • 34% of pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 g/dL or higher.

Pedestrian Laws in South Carolina

Both motorists and pedestrians can engage in behaviors that cause collisions. According to state pedestrian law as described by the State of South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles -

Drivers must:

  • exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian at all times.
  • yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • stop or slow down before passing another vehicle stopped in a travel lane until the driver has determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian.
  • in the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for all persons including the guard to completely clear the road before proceeding.

Pedestrians must:

  • use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible.
  • obey official traffic control devices.
  • walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if no sidewalk is available.
  • not cross an intersection diagonally unless the intersection is specifically designed for this.

Get information on pedestrian accidents from Columbia law enforcement

The Columbia Police Department offers information on accidents. The Richland County Sheriff's Department is also a useful resource for information.

These departments are a good resource to get information after a pedestrian accident.

Common causes of Columbia pedestrian accidents include:

  • a failure by drivers to check for pedestrians in crosswalks;
  • drivers failing to stop at stop signs or lights;
  • texting and other driver distractions;
  • drivers choosing to make turns without paying attention to their surroundings;
  • speeding;
  • driving under the influence.

When someone is injured in a Columbia pedestrian accident, what needs to happen next?

When a pedestrian is injured, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:

As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy. Since insurance policies often have unique provisions to deal with pedestrian-accident injuries, it is important to review the policy and speak with the insurance adjuster to get clarification on coverage.

When an accident is serious or fatal, it is crucial to find a Columbia accident lawyer for help

When an injury is serious or a death occurs, the next step is to find an experienced Columbia accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and difficult to manage. Having a Columbia personal injury lawyer on board is a great relief to injured people who need to focus on healing while their attorney focuses on getting them compensation for their growing financial losses.

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Pedestrian Accident Reports and News from the Columbia, SC Area