Accidents involving pedestrians can be fatal. Crucial injuries caused to the brain or spine are commonly caused by automobile accidents or property hazards. There must be proof that the negligent party caused harm to the victim for the negligent party to be held at fault in a pedestrian accident.
If a pedestrian is injured from a property hazard, the liable party is responsible for managing the area where the accident occurred. This includes the property of a business, parking lots or walkways.
The driver, the property manager and the pedestrian are all liable if a pedestrian is injured by an automobile. It is important that pedestrians and drivers obey traffic laws to prevent serious injuries. The party at fault is the party who has committed the act of negligence including but not limited to driving under the influence of narcotics, ignoring traffic directions, being distracted or breaking the speed limit.
However, a pedestrian can be proven to commit negligence. Some examples of pedestrian negligence include ignoring traffic signals, improper crosswalk use and walking in front of vehicles.
At Berry & Carr, our attorneys have been handling personal injury cases for over 30 years. It is important that pedestrians obey traffic laws of South Carolina, especially on Hilton Head Island and in Beaufort. Injuries involving pedestrians are commonly caused by negligence; therefore, it is important to identify who is at fault.