Rutherfordton Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Aggressive representation when drivers injure or kill pedestrians in North Carolina
Rutherfordton is a great place to walk – for exercise, for children to attend school, for neighbors to visit, and to run errands. Most pedestrians do need to cross intersections. Pedestrian accidents can be devastating for any person struck by a vehicle. The victims often suffer catastrophic injuries because a human body is no match for a vehicle. Many victims of pedestrian accidents do die.
At Price, Petho & Associates, we are here to help when you need a Rutherfordton pedestrian accident attorney. Our team has the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your case, ensure you receive the medical care you deserve, and help secure full compensation for your losses. We have a strong record of successful verdicts and settlements including numerous results for more than one million dollars.
How can we help?
- How common are pedestrian accidents?
- What types of pedestrian accidents are common in Rutherfordton?
- Why do pedestrian accidents happen in Rutherfordton?
- What injuries do pedestrians suffer in accidents?
- Who is liable for a pedestrian accident in Rutherfordton?
- How much is my Rutherfordton pedestrian accident case worth?
- When should I file my claim?
- Do you have a pedestrian accident lawyer near me?
How common are pedestrian accidents?
According to data available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for 2020, there were 2,274 total pedestrian accidents reported across the state. Out of these incidents, 251 were fatal collisions and 2,023 were injury collisions. It is clear to see that any incident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle is very likely to result in an injury or a fatality. Both pedestrians and bicyclists are extremely vulnerable when a collision occurs. They do not have any protections and often are subjected to two impacts (one impact with the vehicle and another impact with the ground).
What types of pedestrian accidents are common in Rutherfordton?
Many pedestrian accidents happen while pedestrians are crossing a crosswalk. Many drivers fail to look for pedestrians. Accidents can happen when a driver runs through a yellow light or fails to stop before entering the intersection. Many accidents happen when drivers are turning right at a red light.
Pedestrian accidents in Rutherfordton also happen in parking lots or locations away from intersections. Some pedestrian accidents don’t involve drivers at all, such as accidents at construction sites where objects fall on a pedestrian, or a pedestrian slips and falls.
Our lawyers understand the unique issues involved in North Carolina pedestrian accidents including North Carolina’s strict contributory negligence law.
Why do pedestrian accidents happen in Rutherfordton?
When our attorneys investigate these incidents, we regularly discover that the careless actions of drivers cause pedestrian accidents. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in and around Rutherfordton include:
- Drivers distracted by phones or other devices
- Drivers impaired by alcoholor drugs
- Drivers operating too fast for conditions
- Failing to yield the right of way or stop at a signal or stop sign
- Improper left-hand turns
- Failing to check surroundings when reversing
Proving liability in these cases can be challenging. Our Rutherfordton personal injury lawyers have been fighting for injury victims since 1979. We use all our resources to disclose the evidence needed to establish what happened, and why the defendants are responsible. We work with investigators, examine the vehicles, review phone records, question witnesses, speak with the police, examine photos taken at the scene of the incident, and look at video surveillance from nearby homes or businesses.
What injuries do pedestrians suffer in accidents?
At Price, Petho & Associates, our Rutherfordton pedestrian accident lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained the following injuries in these incidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries or traumatic amputations
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Other severe back and neck injuries
- Nerve, tissue, muscle, and ligament damage
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Scarring and disfigurement
Many Rutherfordton pedestrian accident victims also suffer emotional harm that requires consultations with skilled trauma psychologists.
Who is liable for a pedestrian accident in Rutherfordton?
The primary defendant in all traffic pedestrian accidents is the driver of the car that struck the pedestrian. The owners of the vehicle may also be liable. If a child causes an accident while using the parents’ car, the parents may be liable.
If a driver causes an accident while he/she is intoxicated, then any entity that sold alcohol to that driver – while the driver was visibly intoxicated or if the driver was a minor – may also be liable.
How much is my Rutherfordton pedestrian accident case worth?
Pedestrian accident victims often suffer life-changing injuries. Many victims require surgeries and long-term rehabilitative care. Many victims live with chronic pain. At Price, Petho & Associates, we demand compensation from liable drivers for:
- All medical bills related to the incident – including ER care, hospitalizations, doctor visits, rehab, assistive devices, and medications
- Lost income if you cannot work while you recover, and if you have a permanent disability
- Pain and suffering damages for every day you hurt
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Any inability to use a body part
- Loss of consortium (compensation for damaging the joy of being married)
- Any household out-of-pocket expenses that arise due to the incident
In cases of gross negligence, such as when a drunk driver strikes a pedestrian, we seek punitive damages. Our lawyers also file wrongful death claims on behalf of families when a loved spouse, child, or parent is killed.
When should I file my claim?
Contact us immediately. While you legally have two years to file a wrongful death claim and three years to file a personal injury claim, it is critical to speak with an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible. Insurance companies have short notice requirements. We need to examine the accident site, speak with witnesses, and discuss your injuries with your doctors.
Our Rutherfordton pedestrian accident lawyers are ready to help you now.
Do you have a pedestrian accident lawyer near me?
Our Rutherfordton office is located at 224 N Main St. Rutherfordton, NC. Price, Petho & Associates also has offices in Charlotte and Rockingham. We meet clients at their homes or a healthcare facility when necessary.
Contact a Rutherfordton pedestrian accident lawyer today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver, contact Price, Petho & Associates today. Our attorneys calmly answer all your questions and clearly guide you through the litigation process. We pay attention to all the small details that often add up to large verdicts and settlements. Our lawyers anticipate the arguments insurance companies make.
When you need a Rutherfordton pedestrian accident attorney, contact us for a free consultation of your case or call 704-372-2160 to schedule the free consultation. We handle pedestrian accident cases on a contingency fee basis.