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Pedestrian motor vehicle accidents may happen in bad weather

A woman recently lost her life in a pedestrian accident at a school bus stop in South Carolina. The tragic accident occurred on a Monday morning. These types of motor vehicle accidents can occur due to a driver's negligence, in which case, the driver may be held financially responsible for injuries and deaths resulting from the accident.

The recent accident took place at about 6:45 a.m. Police said a high school student had just gotten on a bus, and the mother of the child had gone to the bus to talk to the driver. The mother was reportedly standing next to the large motor vehicle in the road.

All of a sudden, a car in another lane allegedly struck the woman. A resident in the area said he tried to help the woman, but she died quickly. She was 46 years old. The car driver reportedly told police that he did see the bus's lights on and thus slowed down; however, he attempted to pass the bus as soon as the lights went off. Authorities said that weather was a causal factor in the pedestrian accident, as dense fog was present when the collision happened.

In this situation, if police determine that the car driver was driving too quickly for the weather conditions, which is considered negligence, then the surviving loved ones of the deceased woman may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the driver, seeking damages. A successfully fought suit may lead to a monetary award, which may help to cover funeral costs and other losses related to these types of motor vehicle accidents in South Carolina. For instance, monetary compensation may help to address the loss of income for the woman's surviving dependents.

Source:, "Mother fatally struck by car while talking to bus driver at Ande", Dal Kalsi and Sierra Hancock, Nov. 6, 2017

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