Pedestrian injuries can occur anywhere anytime and often happen because motorists are not watching out for pedestrians. Each year, about 2,200 pedestrians in North Carolina are involved in accidents with cars and trucks, according to the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. Approximately 150 to 200 pedestrians suffer fatal injuries and about 500 pedestrians are seriously injured.
Deadly pedestrian accidents accounted for 11 % all traffic fatalities in North Carolina in 2009, according to federal data.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident caused by an inattentive motorist, we urge you to contact an experienced western North Carolina pedestrian injuries lawyer. We may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. The law is on your side if you’ve been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the fault or neglect of another. You may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and loss of future earnings. You owe it to yourself and your family to understand your legal options so you can make an informed decision.
The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., based in Asheville, serves victims of all types of personal injury, including pedestrian accidents and other accidents involving motor vehicles. Call us for a free consultation about your pedestrian injuries. Reach a western North Carolina pedestrian accident attorney at 828-253-1492 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your accident.
A pedestrian is injured every nine minutes in the United States. Pedestrian accidents occur when people are walking, jogging, running, hiking and simply crossing the road. Pedestrians can be difficult to see, particularly at dusk, at night and in bad weather. Many car and truck drivers may not be watching out for a pedestrian walking beside the road, particularly after dark. In addition, unfortunately, not all roads have sidewalks. A motorist may not see a pedestrian wearing dark clothes walking along the edge of the road.
The majority of pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrian injuries are more common on certain days of the week and certain times of day. Nearly half of all fatal pedestrian accident occur on three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 70 % occur between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. Men are more likely to be victims of all pedestrian accidents and injuries. Seven out of 10 pedestrians killed in 2009 nationwide were men.
Drivers are supposed to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the street at marked or unmarked crosswalks. However, sometimes a driver in a hurry will attempt to go around another motorist stopped at an intersection and not see a pedestrian in a crosswalk until it’s too late to avoid hitting them and cause the pedestrian injuries. A driver may turn at an intersection onto another street and encounter a pedestrian in their path.
Unfortunately, some pedestrian accidents are hit-and-run accidents. A motorist may crash into a pedestrian and then flee the scene of the accident without stopping to offer assistance or waiting for police to arrive. Approximately, 1 out of 5 fatal pedestrian injury accidents involves hit-and-run, according to federal statistics.
If struck by a motor vehicle, a pedestrian may suffer serious injuries including head injuries, back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and other musculoskeletal injuries. Pedestrian injuries may leave you temporarily disabled and unable to work for an extended period. If a pedestrian dies of injuries, their survivors may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in North Carolina or an adjacent state due to the fault of another driver, contact an experienced pedestrian injuries lawyer for help. You may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and loss of future earnings. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, we recognize that no amount of money will compensate for your loss. However, a settlement may provide financial stability and peace of mind. In addition, it’s important to hold a careless driver accountable so that they do not take the lives of others. After a pedestrian accident, you should understand your legal options to make an informed decision.
Call the Asheville, NC-based The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., for a free consultation about your pedestrian accident. Reach a western North Carolina pedestrian accident lawyer at 828-253-1492 or via email at email@example.com to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your claim.
We handle pedestrian injuries on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid if we collect money for you.