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Accidents where motor vehicles collide with pedestrians often result in serious injury. Even at low speeds, vehicles can cause pedestrians a great deal of harm and potentially prevent victims from being able to assist in providing information about what happened. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we understand pedestrian automobile accidents. Since 1979, our Charlotte personal injury lawyers have successfully litigated and settled thousands of these claims.
Call Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. today for a free consultation about your Mecklenburg County pedestrian accident case. Dial (704) 850-6322.
Charlotte pedestrian accident statistics
When we turn to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, we can see that there were 2,350 total pedestrian accidents reported during the latest year of data. Out of these incidents, there were 239 fatal collisions and 2,074 injury collisions. This data reveals that a significant percentage of all pedestrian crashes result in an injury or fatality. More than 10% of all reported pedestrian crashes in NC resulted in a fatality.
Most common Charlotte pedestrian accident injuries
Pedestrians have very little protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them, which is why it is not uncommon for the attorneys at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. to help clients who have sustained the following in these incidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Spinal cord trauma
- Are there severe neck or back injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Road rash
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Crash injuries or amputations
Additionally, pedestrian accident victims are also likely to suffer from significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the accident and their subsequent injuries. Our Charlotte pedestrian accident lawyers strive to help victims recover compensation for their physical injuries as well as any emotional and psychological trauma they are suffering from.
Time limit to file a Charlotte pedestrian accident lawsuit
Pedestrian accident victims in Charlotte need to be aware that there is a limited amount of time to file lawsuits against the alleged negligent party in their case. The North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date an injury occurs. This means that a pedestrian accident victim in Charlotte has a three-year window with which to file a lawsuit in order to recover compensation. Failing to abide by this time frame will result in the victim being unable to recover compensation for their injuries, lost income, or pain and suffering.
How will a Charlotte pedestrian accident lawyer help?
A skilled pedestrian accident lawyer will be an invaluable resource for your Charlotte pedestrian accident case. Most injured individuals do not have the financial ability or legal expertise necessary to conduct a complete investigation into their case and obtain full compensation for their losses. However, an attorney will be able to:
- Obtain any evidence needed to prove liability, including photo and video surveillance, statements from eyewitnesses, police reports, vehicle “black box” data, and more.
- Ensure that you are evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can help assess your injuries and calculate total losses.
- Negotiate with every party involved, including aggressive insurance carriers, to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.
- Fully prepare your Charlotte pedestrian accident case to go to trial if necessary to ensure you are treated fairly.
North Carolina Pedestrian Accident Laws
If it can be demonstrated that the pedestrian was contributorily negligent in causing the accident, North Carolina law can bar them from any recovery. Pedestrians are charged with the duty to “see what ought to be seen,” meaning that they are expected to look for vehicles before entering or crossing a roadway. This means that if an automobile insurance company can prove any degree of fault on the part of the injured pedestrian, they will not have to cover damages.
To demonstrate the fault of a driver while showing the lack of pedestrian fault, it is important to show that:
- The motor vehicle operator was negligent, meaning they failed to use ordinary care
- The driver failed to obey a safety statute, keep a proper lookout, or keep their vehicle under proper control to avoid striking the pedestrian
- Negligence was a cause of the collision
- The pedestrian was not negligent
How We Can Help
With nearly 40 years of practicing law in North Carolina, the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. has the knowledge and experience necessary to avoid the potential pitfalls in these types of cases. Time is of the essence in gathering evidence. Once hired, our firm works hard to investigate pedestrian accidents by gathering witness statements, taking photographs, and performing accident reconstructions. Our firm’s early involvement in these types of cases is critical in achieving a successful outcome.
Speak with the Charlotte personal injury attorneys at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. today to learn more about your case. Call (704) 850-6322.