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Greenville man killed by car while crossing road

Walking to get to work and run errands can be good exercise and beneficial to the environment, but when pedestrians get into collisions with heavy, steel-encased vehicles, they are especially vulnerable to serious injuries. Being hit by a car in a pedestrian accident can lead to catastrophic injuries to the brain and spine, or even to fatalities.

A 58-year-old Greenville man was recently killed when he was hit by an SUV as he attempted to cross a road. According to the coroner, he died of blunt force injuries at the scene of the incident. In order to receive compensation for the injury or death of a loved one in a pedestrian accident, the survivors of the deceased need to demonstrate that the driver of the colliding vehicle was at fault.

Legal fault is assigned in an accident according to who was behaving negligently - that is, who was not acting with the level of care due under the circumstances. In order to show a driver was behaving negligently, one can look to the evidence of a police report, which may contain relevant observations from any officer who was called to the scene of the accident. Another way to show negligence is to demonstrate that a driver was not following the rules of the road by, for example, failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers, this recent fatal accident is still under investigation and no charges have yet been filed. If a driver is found to have behaved negligently and caused the death of a pedestrian, that pedestrian's survivors may be able to receive compensation for their loved one's hospital bills, funeral expenses, future lost earnings and for the loss of their companionship.

Source: WYFF4.com, "Troopers: Pedestrian hit, killed while crossing road," Dec. 25, 2012

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