Rockingham Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Strong advocacy for injured pedestrians and their families in North Carolina
Rockingham residents and visitors walk for all sorts of reasons. They walk to get to work, to run errands, and for exercise. Most pedestrians walk on sidewalks except when they need to cross a street. When pedestrians are struck by a car or any object, their injuries are likely to be very serious. Many pedestrians who are struck by a vehicle do die.
At Price, Petho & Associates, our qualified team is ready to help when you need a Rockingham pedestrian accident attorney by your side. We have vast experience handling complex personal injury cases, and we are ready to step in if the careless or negligent actions of somebody else caused your pedestrian accident. We’ve secured millions of dollars for our personal injury clients in North Carolina. Let us help you secure full compensation for your losses today.
How can we help?
- Why are pedestrian accident injuries often catastrophic?
- What types of pedestrian accidents are common in Rockingham?
- What injuries do pedestrian accident victims suffer?
- Who is liable for my Rockingham pedestrian accident?
- How long do you have to file a pedestrian accident lawsuit in NC?
- What is the value of my Rockingham pedestrian accident case?
- Do you have a pedestrian accident lawyer near me?
Why are pedestrian accident injuries often catastrophic?
Pedestrian accidents arise in various ways in Rockingham and throughout North Carolina. Unfortunately, the careless and negligent actions of other drivers are often the culprit. This can include car, truck, and motorcycle drivers:
- Operating while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Operating while distracted by phones or other devices
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians
- Disregarding stop signs or traffic signals
According to data available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 2,070 total pedestrian crashes officially reported across the state in 2019. Out of these incidents, there were 249 fatalities. Nearly one in eight pedestrian traffic accidents resulted in a fatality.
What types of pedestrian accidents are common in Rockingham?
Many pedestrian accidents happen in crosswalks. Drivers need to be extra cautious when driving through any intersections where pedestrians might cross. Most crosswalks have lines that indicate where the drivers are supposed to stop. Drivers who run through red lights and stop signs are certainly liable for striking a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Drivers may also be liable if they stop, but not before crossing the marked lines and entering the intersection.
Drivers can also be held liable if they strike a pedestrian who is walking in a parking lot, leaving a restaurant, or other locations off the main road. We also represent pedestrians who are injured at construction sites.
Our lawyers understand the liability issues when pedestrians are struck when they cross the middle of a road. Unlike most states that reduce the amount of the victim’s claim by their percentage of fault – North Carolina has a very strict contributory negligence law. If a pedestrian is just a little bit at fault, his/her claim could be completely barred.
What injuries do pedestrian accident victims suffer?
The Rockingham pedestrian accident lawyers at Price, Petho & Associates have extensive experience helping clients who have sustained a range of injuries in these incidents. This includes:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
- Other severe back or neck injury
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Road rash
- Crush injuries and amputations
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
As discussed above, about 12 percent of pedestrian traffic accidents result in death which devastates the lives of everyone in the loved one’s family.
Who is liable for my Rockingham pedestrian accident?
In most cases, just the driver who struck the pedestrian is liable. In some cases, other defendants may be liable. For example, if a teenage driver strikes a pedestrian while the teen was using his/her parents’ car, then the parents may be liable because the car was in their name.
If the death was caused by a drunk driver, then a business licensed to sell alcohol or a social host may be liable:
- If the driver was visibly intoxicated when the drink was sold or given to the driver.
- The driver was under 21 when the drink was sold or given to the driver.
How long do you have to file a pedestrian accident lawsuit in NC?
Pedestrian accident victims in Rockingham need to be aware that there is a limited amount of time for them to file a lawsuit in these cases. The North Carolina statute of limitations is three years from the date an injury occurs. This gives pedestrian crash victims a three-year window with which to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent driver. Failing to file a lawsuit in the appropriate amount of time will result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation he/she deserves.
The statute of limitations is even shorter if a loved one dies. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is just two years.
Injured pedestrians and families should contact us immediately so we can begin the investigation, speak with the insurance companies, and review the medical treatments you are receiving.
What is the value of my Rockingham pedestrian accident case?
Many pedestrian accident victims never fully recover from their injuries. Most victims live with a lifetime of pain. We work with your doctors to verify your diagnosis, the type of care you will need – for the rest of your life, and how your injuries are affecting every aspect of your life.
At Price, Petho & Associates, we demand that the responsible driver and other liable defendants pay for:
- All your medical bills including hospital care, doctor visits, rehabilitative care, assistive devices, and medications
- Recovery of lost wages and/or future earning potential
- Compensation for your daily physical aches, pains, anxieties, fears, and worries
- Compensation for any scarring or disfigurement
- Compensation for any loss of consortium (an amount due when marital relationships suffer because of injuries)
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party
We also seek wrongful death damages when a spouse, child, or parent dies.
Do you have a pedestrian accident lawyer near me?
Our Rockingham office is conveniently located at 801 E Broad Ave, #17 in Rockingham, NC. We also have offices in Charlotte and Rutherfordton. Our lawyers meet clients at their homes or other convenient locations if you are too injured to come to us.
Let our Rockingham pedestrian accident lawyer help you through this
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of a reckless driver, contact the team at Price, Petho & Associates as soon as possible. We pledge to use the resources of our office to investigate your case, determine liability for the incident, and help secure full compensation for your losses. Contact Price, Petho & Associates at (704) 850-6322 or fill out our contact form.