A pedestrian accident, as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash. The NHTSA defines a traffic crash is an incident that involves one or more vehicles where at least one vehicle is in-transport and the crash originates on a public traffic way. Crashes that occurred exclusively on private property, including parking lots and driveways, were excluded in the following statistics relating to pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics in United States and South Carolina
[li]In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. [/li]
[li]On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in traffic crashes. [/li]
[li]In 2009, pedestrian deaths accounted for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities, and made up 3 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes. [/li]
[li]Over 90 percent of the pedestrian fatalities occurred in single-vehicle crashes. [/li]
[li]In 2009, 35% of traffic fatalities were alcohol-related. Either the driver or an affected person (e.g., a pedestrian or bicyclist) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dl). [/li]
[li]Children age 15 and younger accounted for 7 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2009 and 25 percent of all pedestrians injured in traffic crashes. [/li]
[li]In 2009, South Carolina pedestrian fatalities were 10% of the total traffic fatalities.[/li]
(Source: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration, 2009 Traffic Safety Facts)
Pedestrian accidents can result in injuries such as fractures (broken bones) involving surgical repair, head injuries, various back & neck injuries, and death in some cases. A pedestrian accident lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP will work to help you make a monetary recovery for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, disfigurement, loss of normal life, and any other losses sustained in the accident. Don’t wait, contact a pedestrian accident attorney today.
Negligence and Determining Cause of Pedestrian Accidents
Determining the cause of fault in a pedestrian accident is a highly detailed process. A pedestrian accident lawyer at Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP will work vigorously to determine the cause of fault in your pedestrian accident. If your pedestrian accident involves a motor vehicle, fault is usually determined by the law of negligence. Motorists must exercise a standard called “reasonable care under the circumstances” when driving. The law of negligence states that if a motorist fails to exercise this standard and negligently operates a vehicle in such a manner as to inflict damage to another person or property, then the person guilty of negligence must make restitution for this or her act of negligence. An act of negligence can be due to a multitude of factors, including:
[li]Failing to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks; [/li]
[li]Backing out of parking spaces in parking lots; [/li]
[li]Speeding in residential areas where there are children playing; [/li]
[li]Turning right on a red light, and not looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk; [/li]
If you find yourself or someone you know to be the victim of a pedestrian accident, we encourage you to contact a pedestrian accident lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment to discuss the legal options. We serve the Upstate of South Carolina including Spartanburg and Greenville and the surrounding counties. We investigate every detail and the possible causes of your pedestrian accident so that you receive full compensation for any pain and suffering you or someone you know have endured. We are ready to put our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys to work for you.