Zachary Holland, a 28 year old male, was struck by a Palmetto Breeze bus, while walking down the middle of S.C. 462 in Jasper County, South Carolina according to The Island Packet. Mister Holland was pronounced dead at the scene. While the accident is still under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, it does bring up the importance of pedestrian safety and how deadly accidents can prove to be.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,092 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2009. An estimated 59,000 pedestrians were injured in that same year. These injuries may include, but are not limited to, broken bones, torn muscles, ligaments, and or cartilage, neck injuries, brain and or head injuries, and quite often even death. According to Findlaw.com, should an injury occur, a pedestrian may be able to recover damages if the injuries suffered were caused by the negligence of others. Negligence occurs if the injured party or “plaintiff” can prove that the party at fault or “defendant”:
- owed a legal duty to the plaintiff under the circumstances and
- caused an accident or injury involving the plaintiff either by conduct or action or failure of action and
- harmed or injured the plaintiff as a result.
Potential parties with liability not only include the driver of the vehicle that hits the pedestrian, but may also include the party or parties that are responsible for the conditions of the sidewalks, roadways, or parking lots where the accident occurred.
The best way to survive an accident is to try to prevent it in the first place. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians should follow the following safety tips when dealing with traffic.
- Cross the street at designated crosswalks.
- Be cautious at intersections, where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
- Increase your visibility at night by using a flashlight, reflective strips, and bright colored clothing.
- It is always safest to walk on a sidewalk but if you MUST walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
Hopefully these tips can help you and your loved ones from being injured in a traffic accident as a pedestrian, but should you be, you need to contact a personal injury attorney to make sure your interests are protected. Please call The Kerr Law Firm at 843-785-3330. Or you can email us at email@example.com.