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Two vehicles cause Greenville pedestrian fatality

Traffic deaths and serious injuries are all too common in the United States and in South Carolina. Pedestrian accidents are a significant component to these statistics. The National Highway Transportation found that vehicle versus pedestrian accidents comprised roughly 14 percent of all traffic deaths and about three percent of these injuries in the United States in 2011. For that year, this meant that 4,432 pedestrians were killed and another 69,000 were injured in those accidents.

The NHTSA also reported that South Carolina suffered 113 pedestrian fatalities in 2011 which comprised 14 percent of all traffic deaths. This increased to 123 deaths in 2012 which again constituted about 14 percent of all these deaths in the state.

A Dec. 7 pedestrian accident in Greenville is another chilling example of these statistics. A 55-year-old Greenville man was struck by two vehicles as he was crossing the southbound lanes of White Horse Road around 11:50 p.m. The Highway Patrol said that a 2000 Honda traveling southbound hit this pedestrian. A second car, also heading south, then struck the victim as he lay in the road. The second vehicle did not stop at the accident. The Greenville County Coroner said that the victim was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

South Carolina's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating this accident and is trying to locate the second driver. It will release a flier with a possible car of interest. Charges have not been filed.

Any pedestrian who is hit by a car may be entitled to compensation for injuries and losses including medical expenses. In addition, families may be entitled to compensation for the deaths of a relative through a wrongful death action. Prompt advice should be sought to protect rights because time limits restrict the time a lawsuit may be filed.

Source: The Greenville News, "Pedestrian killed after struck by two vehicles," Dec. 8, 2013

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