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Charlotte Pedestrian Injury Attorneys

Legal advocacy for pedestrians hurt in vehicle accidents in North Carolina

Health experts consider walking one of the best and easiest forms of exercise. With North Carolina’s temperate climate, many locals and tourists choose to walk from place to place when they can. However, pedestrians are also at risk for collisions with cars and other motorized vehicles.

Accidents where motor vehicles collide with pedestrians often result in serious injury. Even at low speeds, cars and trucks can cause pedestrians a great deal of harm and potentially prevent victims from being able to even assist authorities in providing information about what happened. At Price, Petho & Associates, we understand the great trauma, expense, and heartache resulting from these types of accidents. Since 1979, our Charlotte attorneys have successfully litigated and settled thousands of personal injury claims.

I reached out to Price, Petho, and Associates after I found myself in need of an attorney for an accident I was in that led to personal injury. This was my first experience with something like this and they guided me through the process every step of the way. Every question I had was answered promptly and I truly feel they had my best interest at heart. I highly recommend them if you should find yourself in need of these services. – C.P.

What would you like to know?

How often do pedestrian accidents happen in Charlotte?

In 2021, the website Walkscore.com ranked Charlotte the 49th most walkable city in the United States – a score that can be much improved upon. Further, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s 2020 Crash Facts study shows the following statistics:

  • 2,131 pedestrian accidents occurred, with 1,821 serious injuries.
  • 249 pedestrians lost their lives, up from 231 in 2019.
  • Out of all pedestrians involved in an accident, 12% died from their injuries.
  • Charlotte in particular saw 303 pedestrian accidents, 329 injuries, and 27 fatalities.

As you can see, pedestrian-vehicle accidents often lead to serious and fatal injuries. The attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates can help.

What types of injuries do pedestrians experience in accidents?

Pedestrians have very little protection – if any – from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. Our legal team often works with victims who have sustained the following life-altering injuries:

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 work to help you or your loved one recover compensation for physical injuries as well as any emotional and psychological trauma suffered due to the accident.

What is the most dangerous time of day for pedestrians?

An insurance study reported that the deadliest times for pedestrians are evening and nighttime. The majority of accidents involving pedestrians happen between 6:00 and 9:00pm, followed closely by the 9:00pm to 12:00am time frames. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the third riskiest time for pedestrians is between 12:00am and 3:00am in the morning. The most dangerous day of the week for pedestrians in Saturday.

Who is liable for my Charlotte pedestrian accident and injuries?

Under the theory of contributory negligence in North Carolina, if it’s found that pedestrians in any way were at fault for the accident that caused them injury, they can be barred from recovering compensation. 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.

Our attorneys demonstrate a negligent driver’s fault while ruling out the pedestrian’s fault by showing:

  • The motor vehicle operator failed in his/her own duty of care by acting in a negligent manner.
  • The driver failed to obey a safety statute, keep a proper lookout, or keep the vehicle under proper control to avoid striking the pedestrian.
  • Driver negligence was 100% the cause of the collision.

Rest assured that when you work with Price, Petho & Associates, we dedicate ourselves to showing a motorist was 100 percent at fault for your injuries.

How can a Charlotte pedestrian accident attorney help with my case?

A skilled pedestrian accident lawyer can 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. The good news is that Price, Petho & Associates offers free consultations, and you do not pay a cent until we secure compensation for your injuries.

Our attorneys can:

  • Obtain the right evidence needed to prove liability, including photo and video surveillance, statements from eyewitnesses, police reports, vehicle “black box” data, and more.
  • Ensure you are evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can help assess your injuries and calculate the total losses resulting from your accident.
  • 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 receive fair treatment and compensation.

Is there a pedestrian injury attorney near me?

You can find Price, Petho & Associates at 1420 Elizabeth Ave in Charlotte. We also maintain offices in Rockingham and Rutherfordton for your convenience. If you are unable to come to us, we can make arrangements to visit you at home or in the hospital.

Our Charlotte pedestrian accident lawyers can help

Since 1979, the team at Price, Petho & Associates has the knowledge and experience necessary to avoid potential pitfalls in complex accident cases. We understand 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. To schedule a free consultation, call 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and South Carolina.