South Carolina Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian accidents in Lexington and Richland Counties are high compared to the rest of South Carolina
As gas prices rise and the economy remains in a rut, many Columbia drivers are resorting to walking, creating more foot traffic in the metropolitan area and making pedestrian-related car accidents a bigger concern.
Pedestrians in Columbia, SC and surrounding areas are being hit by cars at alarming rates this year. Nine pedestrians died on public streets in Richland and Lexington counties in the first three months of 2011. In contrast, 14 were killed in the two-county area in all of last year. This total is even more upsetting when you consider that it amounts to more than a third of the 25 pedestrians run over and killed statewide since Jan, 1.
Steven Ferguson, a well-known Midlands dancer and teacher of the arts, was removing books from the trunk of his car on Assembly Street near the Richland County Public Library in March when a driver sideswiped a parked car and hit the one directly behind Ferguson’s, pinning Ferguson’s legs between the two vehicles for nearly half an hour.
Ferguson has already undergone nine surgeries to repair his legs. According to The State newspaper, doctors have told him he might be able to put weight on his left foot within three to four months, although there is no timetable for his more seriously injured right leg.
To help combat the high cost of medical expenses due to his injuries, friends and colleagues held a dance benefit last Tuesday where local dance companies performed in the fundraiser.
Pedestrians killed this year are from all walks of life – the victims have ranged from an 87-year-old man who retrieved aluminum cans along West Columbia roadsides to a young woman who unwisely ran between the tires of a tractor trailer rig.
There are many factors that can cause a pedestrian accident. For more information on pedestrian safety, visit the SCDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program.
If you have suffered a serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one due to another person’s negligence contact our South Carolina Pedestrian Accident Lawyers for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.