People out walking on local streets and in neighborhoods throughout our area need to be cautious, as they have little in the way of protection against interactions with motor vehicle drivers. While out walking at night or in places without sidewalks or marked intersections, the potential for serious harm increases. These conditions make you more susceptible to pedestrian accidents, which often result in severe and potentially life threatening personal injuries. An Aiken, SC man was recently identified after being killed as the result of this type of collision, leaving police to investigate the circumstances involved as family members and friends grieve his loss.
Lexington Pedestrian Accident Claims Life of Aiken Man
WIS News reports that a man fatally injured as the result of a pedestrian accident on Saturday, December 2, 2018 has finally been identified. Investigators claim that 33-year-old man of Aiken, SC was reportedly walking on the road near Leesville in Lexington County at around 9:00 p.m. Saturday. In the 5200 block of Fairview Road, he was struck by a passing motorist. The driver, who police have not yet identified, was not injured as a result of the accident. He stopped to render aid to the victim, but he died at the scene.
Unfortunately, these types of incidents are not uncommon in our area. According to statistics from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the Palmetto State in general has one of the highest pedestrian accident rates of any state. More than 120 pedestrians are killed each year in these crashes, while thousands more suffer serious injuries. In Aiken County, the problem is particularly disturbing as the overall number of pedestrian accidents has steadily increased over the last several years.
What to Do if You Are Injured
Wearing bright, light colored clothing at night, keeping to sidewalks, and crossing streets at designated crosswalks or at traffic lights can all help reduce your pedestrian accident risks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that you should pay close attention to traffic conditions and not assume drivers will see you or will stop. Avoid distractions such as texting or using earbuds while walking and have a friend drive you or take a cab if you are under the influence or taking medication. In the event you are injured in a pedestrian accident, follow these steps:
Get a description of the driver, the make and model vehicle, and the license plate number if possible.
Notify law enforcement officials immediately.
Make note of details about the accident, such as where it occurred, the driver’s behavior prior to it, and whether there are any witnesses at the scene.
Seek medical attention and follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
Let Us Help You Today
At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we can help hold drivers accountable for pedestrian accidents so you can get the compensation you need to recover. If you or a loved one is injured in this type of crash, contact our Aiken pedestrian accident attorney and request a consultation right away.