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No pedestrian out for a stroll should ever have to worry that they will be struck by a vehicle. However, at Auger & Auger, we see this happens with alarming regularity. As a family firm, we know that when a child or senior is injured the emotional toll can be particularly difficult. When a pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle, we will send our Columbia pedestrian accident attorney team to the scene and conduct our own investigation. We will dedicate ourselves as the victim’s advocate from beginning to end; ensuring that they are treated fairly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 19% of all pedestrian deaths involve a person age 65 or over. This age group represents approximately 13% of all pedestrian injuries as of 2015. This is particularly distressing because seniors represent 9% of the Columbia population.
Nine percent is not a big number until you do the math. The current population of Columbia is estimated at 134,309. This means that nearly 12,088 residents are considered seniors and approximately 19% (or 2,296) do not have access to a vehicle. The numbers say that there are thousands of people who may be walking for health, pleasure, or just to get from one place to another.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that there are several safety considerations unique to seniors; these include:
Imagine a car barreling through an intersection despite the presence of pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. A young person with quick reflexes would see and hear the vehicle’s engine (realizing it wasn’t going to stop) and most likely be able to jump out of the way. A senior citizen may not see or hear the vehicle until it is too late to move, and is more likely to be struck. The two outcomes are clearly very different and show just one of the issues that elderly pedestrians face.
As your Columbia pedestrian accident attorney, we know that drivers don’t always stop to consider the rights of foot travelers. There are several sections of the South Carolina Code of Law should be of interest to drivers as well as those traveling on foot. Section 56, Article 25 outlines the rights and duties of pedestrians. Highlights include:
With over 4 decades of combined legal experience, Auger & Auger knows what it takes to win a case. You deserve a knowledgeable advocate who isn’t afraid to fight for your rights. Our positive reviews prove that you’ve made the right choice, and our zero-free guarantee means that you don’t have to worry about cost.
If you are struck by a vehicle while walking, the injuries sustained can be life-altering. As a Columbia pedestrian accident attorney firm, we have represented victims with spinal cord injuries, traumatic head injuries, broken bones, and more. We understand the financial strain these types of wounds can place upon a family and we are here for you, all the way.
Call (803) 470-5298 today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!