South Carolina is home to many popular tourist destinations. The warm climate and beautiful summer weather mean that more people will be visiting the state, which can also mean there are more people walking on or near roadways. Pedestrian accidents may happen more during the summer months because people are spending more time outdoors and choosing to walk to a destination rather than drive. Sadly, when a car strikes a person, the victim is often left with very serious or fatal injuries.
A tragic accident leaves a woman dead
A recent accident in Pawleys Island occurred late on a Sunday evening. A woman was trying to cross Highway 17 near Litchfield Drive. She was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured. The victim was taken to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries a week after the accident happened.
Investigators haven’t yet determined what caused the deadly accident. If it’s determined that the driver was negligent in some way, they may face criminal charges. The family of the victim may also have the option to sue the driver under certain circumstances.
Victims and their families have rights
It’s important for drivers to be extra cautious when driving in areas where pedestrians are present, especially in the early morning and late evening hours. Many accidents where pedestrians are struck by cars are preventable if the driver is following the laws and driving safely. When a South Carolina driver is negligent and causes an accident, they may be held responsible for any injuries or fatalities that occur. Victims or their family members should be aware that they have rights and may have the option to file a civil lawsuit against a negligent driver.