Accidents often happen when several things go wrong at once. A 34-year-old South Carolina man was killed recently when he ran in front of an SUV while trying to avoid a falling tree. The man, Heath Sutherland, was working for a highway department contractor removing storm debris on Interstate 26 near the line between Berkeley and Dorchester counties.
Accidents happen when we aren’t able to react quickly or properly to stressful or unexpected situations. Many states have regulations requiring cars to move more slowly when there are workers present, and speed regulations can make a lot of difference: if a pedestrian is hit by a car going 20 miles per hour, the odds of fatality are very low, only 5%. But if the car is going 40 miles per hour, the odds that the accident will be fatal jump to 85% – and 40 miles per hour is a low speed for an interstate. Many drivers ignore these directions, but they are critical for the safety of highway workers.
If you or a loved one have been harmed in an accident while walking, the application of the law depends on the unique circumstances of your accident. You need individualized, skilled representation to ensure that your case is decided fairly and that you get the compensation and benefits you deserve and need to recover from the uncertainty surrounding your accident. Anytime a pedestrian is hit by a car, there will be a long recovery period and there may be unanticipated expenses that come up after a significant period of time has passed. The attorneys at The Christmas Law Firm are prepared to help you recover from your accident. Our initial consultation is free to you, and you will be under no obligation to retain one of our attorneys. Let us help you get back on your feet. Contact us today.