Beaufort Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Drivers should be careful when there are bicyclists and pedestrians on the road, knowing how much harm a heavy vehicle can cause to a person who is unprotected. Yet many drivers expect pedestrians and bicyclists to get out of their way, even in crosswalks and bicycle lanes where the pedestrian or bicyclist has the right of way.
At Twenge + Twombley, our attorneys represent bicyclists and pedestrians who are injured in collisions with cars and trucks in Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, Bluffton and throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina. We offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about issues such as who will pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents and Liability
When a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian or bicyclist, who was at fault is an important issue. In South Carolina, your recovery in a personal injury lawsuit will be reduced by any percentage of fault that is assigned to you. If you are more than 51 percent at fault, the other driver is not responsible for paying you anything.
In some cases, liability is clear: when a pedestrian is struck on a sidewalk or in a designated crosswalk, or when a bicyclist is clipped by a car in a bike lane. In other cases, liability may be disputed.
Motorists often blame the pedestrian or bicyclist for darting or swerving in front of them, or for walking/riding in the wrong place. However, motorists have a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and to drive with cautions when there are bikes or pedestrians in the area. It's important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to preserve evidence of liability such as skid marks, damage to vehicles and witness statements. The lighting conditions at the time of the accident and clothing you were wearing can also be used to determine whether the driver of the car or truck should have seen you.
For More Information About Bicycle and Pedestrian Injury
Call 843-476-4573 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation with our bicycle accident attorneys. We serve clients in Beaufort, Hilton Head Island and other communities in South Carolina.