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Many people in South Carolina enjoy walking for exercise and recreation, while still others commute to and from work by foot. When the weather is temperate, pedestrians prefer getting around on their own as opposed to fighting traffic and paying for parking.
Vehicle drivers have many things to devote their attention to, and pedestrians are usually the last in line of priority. Unfortunately this means that pedestrians are ‘on their own’ and end up having to take most of the defensive actions to protect themselves. Making eye contact with a driver is one of the best moves to make prior to crossing the street; while solely relying on lights or signs or crosswalks is only asking for trouble.
Pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents often sustain very serious injuries. Finding local representation is important because a South Carolina pedestrian accident attorney will know the local laws and traffic patterns, and all about your rights. Auger & Auger stands ready to provide the personalized advice and advocacy you need as you pursue your claim for compensation. Reading through the following three Q&A’s will also help prepare you for your free consultation:
What are My Rights after a Pedestrian Accident?
If you were hurt or a loved one lost his life in a pedestrian accident, you should be able to pursue a claim to obtain compensation for medical costs; wages lost; pain and suffering endured; emotional distress; and lost companionship in the case of wrongful death.
This compensation can come from a driver who caused the pedestrian accident to occur — provided you can prove that the driver violated a safety rule or was unreasonably careless. The driver’s actions must have been the direct cause of the crash in order for the motorist to be held 100% accountable for the damages sustained by the pedestrian.
How Can I Obtain Compensation after a Pedestrian Accident?
Either the pedestrian accident victim or their surviving family members can move forward with a civil case in court. As long as they can prove a driver was to blame for the crash, they should prevail and a jury will determine how much compensation is due. The stronger the case a South Carolina pedestrian accident attorney helps you to make, the more likely it is you’d be awarded fair compensation.
Though many cases do not even make it to court, that’s not a bad thing — as the insurer for the driver who caused the pedestrian accident may make a settlement offer. You don’t have to accept the first offer, or any offer, if you don’t want to. But Auger & Auger can help you to negotiate a fair settlement if you don’t want to go through the stress or uncertainty of court proceedings.
How Can a South Carolina Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help Me?
Walking should be an inherent privilege, and you deserve to be safe on the roads. Unfortunately, after a pedestrian accident, that feeling of safety is shattered — perhaps along with your health or your future. You owe it to yourself to be represented by a South Carolina pedestrian accident attorney who can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve from the person who harmed you. Contact us today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!