Looking Out for Cyclists and Pedestrians
Thousands of cyclists and pedestrians suffer catastrophic injuries from serious accidents each year. Many accidents occur when drivers simply do not observe bicycles or pedestrians, and collide with them. Large vehicles also pose a significant threat to the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, with these collisions causing immense damages as well as fatalities. At Proffitt & Cox, LLP, our South Carolina injury lawyers have seen the pain and suffering that results because of bike and pedestrian accidents. We understand how these injuries affect victims and their families, and provide full legal support to those injured by the negligent actions of others.
Bike Accidents in Columbia
Bicycles have a right to share the road with other vehicles. The law requires bikes to remain on the side of the road, or in the bicycle lane, except when performing certain maneuvers. However, motorists often do not notice bike riders, or give them the appropriate amount of space while riding on the side of the road or when joining traffic. Cars often strike bicycles in the following situations:
Bicycles have a right to share the road with other vehicles.
- When the motorist turns in front of a cyclist or pulls out of a parking lot into the street
- When the motorist does not give the cyclist enough space while passing
- When the motorist parks on the side of the road and opens a car door in front of the cyclist
Pedestrian Accidents in Columbia
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable while they travel on or near roads. Even vehicles that strike pedestrians at low speeds can cause fatal accidents. In many cases, the driver of the vehicle may have failed to observe the pedestrian or acknowledge his or her right of way. Drivers who become distracted or those impaired by alcohol are particularly dangerous to the lives of pedestrians. These accidents may result in spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and the wrongful death of pedestrians.
Find a South Carolina Injury Attorney for Pedestrians and Cyclists
If you suffered an injury from a serious bike or pedestrian accident, you may be facing significant medical bills. You may also be struggling to pay for your expenses because of an inability to work while you recover from your injuries. However, help is available to those who suffered injuries due to the negligence of others as well as for the families of fatal bike and pedestrian accident victims.
For years, our Columbia injury lawyers have worked on behalf of the people of South Carolina to gain them compensation for their motor vehicle accident injuries. We may be able to provide personal and effective legal support for you as well. Call the attorneys at Proffitt & Cox, LLP today at (803) 834-7097 for a free consultation. You can also call the firm toll free at (877) 276-0533 or by filling out the contact form on our site.