Orangeburg County, SC (October 15, 2018) – Just before 5:30 AM Friday morning a pedestrian was struck from behind by a pickup truck and killed. The incident happened at the intersection of Slab Landing Road and Fogle Pond Road.
The 2007 Chevrolet pickup was driven by a 22-year-old male whose identity has not yet been released. He was headed north on Slab Landing Road when he struck a pedestrian headed in the same direction. The driver of the truck was wearing his seatbelt at the time and was not injured during the accident. The name of the pedestrian has also not yet been released by the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident.
South Carolina Auto-Pedestrian Accidents
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety has released recent data showing that, since October 7, 2018, 766 people have been killed on South Carolina’s highways. That number is up only slightly from the 763 deaths that had occurred by this same time last year. A study was done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association showing that approximately 5000 pedestrians die each year in car related accidents. Roughly 76,000 pedestrians have suffered some degree of injury upon being struck by a moving vehicle. There are also several non-vehicular threats to pedestrians. Debris, construction, and poorly maintained sidewalks can all present safety hazards to individual pedestrians. Whether it was caused by a property defect or by a vehicle a pedestrian that was injured due to the negligence of a person or of an entity is entitled under the law to recover damages of any harm or injuries they may have suffered due to someone else’s thoughtlessness or someone else’s negligence. To prove negligence in an auto-pedestrian accident, the pedestrian must prove that the driver was negligent in some way, such as not stopping at a crosswalk, or losing control of the vehicle, running up on a curb and striking someone walking down the sidewalk. In some cases, the pedestrian may actually be considered the negligent party if they were, for example, ignoring the “walk” signal at an intersection, dashing out in the road in front of vehicles, or failing to cross the street at the designated crosswalk. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you should call a qualified attorney immediately.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto-pedestrian accident, figuring out what to do next can be extremely overwhelming. Reach out to the attorney’s at the Nye Law Group as soon as possible because the amount of time you have to file your claim is limited. We can help guide you through the legal process while you focus on getting better.
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