If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian accident, chances are your life was changed forever. Injuries suffered from an accident like this can be very serious and the recovery long and painful. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,000 people a year are killed by vehicles, and more than 70,000 are seriously injured. Before you file a personal injury claim, there are a few things you might want to know.
Understanding Your Rights and Duties
When it comes to the road, as a pedestrian you have certain rights under South Carolina law.
Some of your rights include:
- Having the right-of-way on sidewalks and crosswalks
- Walking along the right-half of crosswalks
- Walking in the far shoulder of the highway, facing oncoming traffic, if it is necessary to do so (i.e. your car broke down, you suddenly ran out of gas, no sidewalk, etc.)
With these legal rights also come personal responsibility and duty. You as the pedestrian still must follow traffic lights, wait/walk signals, and are expected to utilize common sense even when you have the right of way. Drivers can be unpredictable. Unfortunately, following pedestrian rules doesn’t always protect you from becoming a victim of personal injury.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you’ll want to act quickly to file a claim. Evidence is key in determining who is at fault and what compensation you qualify for, so try to do the following if possible:
- Immediately following the accident, make sure you get the motorist’s name, contact information, and insurance.
- Take pictures at the scene, if you are able to. Photograph your injuries, any damage to the motorist’s vehicle, and anything else in your surroundings that help prove the accident was a direct result of the motorist’s negligence.
- If others saw the accident happen, take witness statements before leaving the scene.
- Keep your torn or bloodied clothing to provide as further proof of the accident.
- Hold on to your medical records.
- Schedule an initial consultation with an attorney.
How David Blackwell Law Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries at the hand of a negligent driver, our attorneys at David Blackwell Law will fight on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve. Call (803) 285-0225 today to schedule your initial consultation!