Charleston, South Carolina Pedestrian Accidents Lawyer
When a vehicle collides with an unprotected pedestrian, the balance of damage and injuries is far different than most types of auto accidents. Damage to the car tends to be minimized while the injuries to the pedestrian tend to be severe. It’s common for the court to find the driver at fault in such cases.
COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE UNDER SOUTH CAROLINA LAW
It is still possible for the person struck by the car to be partially at fault for the accident. In South Carolina this is reflected in its policy of comparative negligence for personal injury cases. If you jumped in front of a vehicle unexpectedly, were not in a crosswalk, or otherwise failed to exercise reasonable care, a court may find that you were partially at fault, and only compensate you for a percentage of the total medical costs.
Comparative negligence can also apply to other factors that may have contributed to the accident. If the crosswalk was placed near a blind corner or a streetlight was malfunctioning where you were struck, the municipality that maintains the roadways would likely be at least partially responsible for the accident.
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