Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Mount Pleasant, SC
Pedestrians are perhaps the most vulnerable individuals in a traffic situation, a fact which is borne out by the injury and fatality figures dealing with accidents and pedestrians. Sadly, many of these accidents are due to the negligence of the driver, which means they are preventable and worthy of compensation for the victim. Lowcountry Law, LLC pursues justice for pedestrians who have been harmed in traffic accidents. Pedestrian accident attorney Matthew Breen understands how injuries can turn your life upside down. For this reason, he fights hard for the resources that you will need to rebuild and heal. Call our office for a free consultation to learn what we can do for you.
Pedestrians Face Serious Consequences in Traffic Accidents
The shells that cover automobiles protect passengers from harm, and motorcyclists and bicyclists have helmets and other protective equipment. However, pedestrians typically have only the normal clothes they wear and nothing else when interacting with traffic. Therefore, the chances that a pedestrian gets injured in an accident are much higher than for individuals in motor vehicles.
The chances of a pedestrian dying in a car accident are also quite high. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 6,516 pedestrian fatalities in 2020 on roadways.
As a pedestrian, you have the right to expect drivers to follow the rules of the road. Unfortunately, many are careless and cause pedestrian accidents, leaving victims facing catastrophic injuries and potentially years of expensive medical treatment and physical rehabilitation.
How Pedestrian Accidents Occur
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities are on the rise. Just ten years ago, there were consistently fewer than 5,000 pedestrian deaths annually. Yes, there are more drivers on the road today. However, the percentage of deaths is still higher now than back then, and they are still occurring under similar circumstances.
Drunk driving continues to be common, and it continues to cause destruction. Drunk driving was involved in 47% of all pedestrian traffic fatalities in 2020, according to the NHTSA. Many alcohol-impaired drivers cause accidents that result in substantial losses for victims, which they should be made to cover. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Time of Day
Nighttime is the time of day that most pedestrian accidents occur, which makes sense for many reasons. First, visibility is much poorer at night than during the day, and pedestrians already suffer from being less visible to drivers. Second, more people drive under the influence of alcohol at night than during the day.
Speed and Accidents
Speed kills, and it increases the likelihood of a pedestrian suffering an accident. According to a report by the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety (FTS), the risk of serious injury and death increases exponentially in an accident as the velocity of the car increases.
Looking at the data, we see that the risk of severe injury is roughly 10% when the vehicle is going just 16 mph. At 23 mph, the risk jumps to 25%, and it jumps to 50%, 75%, and 90% when the vehicle is going 31, 39, and 46 mph, respectively.
The risk of death follows a similar pattern, with the risk of fatality being 10%-90% for crashes involving vehicles going 23-58 mph, respectively.
Data from various organizations and agencies, including the National Safety Council (NSC), overwhelmingly demonstrate that most pedestrian accidents occur in urban settings, which makes sense given the high concentration of vehicles and distractions. Any place where pedestrians and vehicles cross paths can be the site of an injury accident, including:
- Parking lots
- Bike lanes and paths
However, fatal crashes tend to take place away from intersections with traffic controls. They often happen in locations where drivers are speeding and can’t react in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
How Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help
At Lowcountry Law, we help you come out of the claims process with a payout that truly represents your losses. We don’t accept offers of compensation when we know our clients deserve more. So while you are recovering from your injuries, you will have peace of mind that you have an advocate fighting hard to get you what you deserve.
The claims process is involved and requires strict attention to detail plus experience. Our pedestrian accident attorney has both. As he has done with hundreds of others, he will handle every aspect of your claim. We will do everything in our power to get you a result that gives you the resources that you need.
Educated at the Citadel, attorney and Lowcountry Law founder Matthew Breen runs the firm guided by principles of honor, integrity, discipline, and hard work. His reputation in the legal community is strong, and he is well-regarded by his peers.
For the past three years since 2020, attorney Breen has been named a SuperLawyer, and he has also been named a Platinum Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell. Hundreds of South Carolina residents have put their trust in him, and so can you.
Choosing Lowcountry Law to fight for you means choosing a firm that will manage every step of your claim, including:
- Drafting and filing all required paperwork
- Investigating your claim and gathering evidence
- Evaluating your claim and calculating your losses
- Negotiating with insurance company adjusters
- Representing you at trial if necessary
- 24/7 access to your pedestrian accident attorney
In other words, you never have to worry about your case when it is in the hands of our pedestrian accident attorney. You get to take all the time you need to get better while Lowcountry Law manages your case. And you can expect to always be kept up to date and informed about the progress of your case.
Call Lowcountry Law today and speak with a pedestrian accident attorney who knows how to fight for fair and just compensation.
How Drivers Cause Pedestrian Accidents
As stated, DUI and speeding are responsible for many pedestrian accident injuries and death. But there are other actions drivers take that also lead to pedestrian accidents.
One of them is distracted driving, which occurs when a driver fails to maintain a safe level of awareness of their surroundings while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers who text, rubberneck, or engage in any other activity that distracts them from the road can not safely navigate intersections and are a significant threat to crossing pedestrians.
Failure to obey traffic signals also threatens pedestrians. Running a red light or a stop sign could easily injure or end the life of an unsuspecting pedestrian who assumes drivers are obeying the law. Failure to signal and failure to yield can also endanger pedestrians.
Because these acts involve negligence and sometimes recklessness, you can seek compensation if you have been injured while out walking. Schedule a free consultation with a compassionate pedestrian accident attorney to find out what you may be owed.
Contact Our South Carolina Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Trust the pedestrian accident attorney at Lowcountry Law to fight to get you justice. You deserve to be compensated for injuries caused by negligence and for this compensation to be fair and just. Don’t let an insurance company talk you out of the valuable financial resources you deserve. Contact Lowcountry Law and let a professional handle everything for you.