While all people who use the road – including car drivers, truck drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians – need to share it, pedestrians have the least ability to defend themselves against more dangerous, fast-moving vehicles.
In North Carolina alone, over 11 percent of all traffic fatalities are pedestrian fatalities. While not every pedestrian is blameless, it seems to be a struggle for some drivers to safely operate a motor vehicle around pedestrians.
A pedestrian accident lawyer works to be an advocate for pedestrians who have been injured or affected by an accident. No matter the specific cause of your pedestrian accident, the lawyers at Wilson & Reives will draw on their expertise in these kinds of cases to help you resolve your claim or lawsuit quickly and satisfactorily. Your health and financial well-being may have already been compromised – let our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers get you back on your feet and help you move forward.
How do I know if I have a case?
If someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the pedestrian accident that left you with personal injuries, you should have a case to recover damages. To establish negligence in a pedestrian accident, however, you and your lawyer need to be able to prove that the person or people at fault failed to exercise a reasonable “duty of care.”
The law imposes a higher duty of care on drivers when it comes to children. As children are smaller, less visible and somewhat unpredictable, signs noting the presence of children (at schools, parks and residential areas) warn drivers to exercise greater care.
Factors that may prove a driver failed to exercise the required duty of care include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving (such as driving while texting)
- Disobeying or disregarding traffic signs or signals
- Disregarding traffic conditions or weather
- Failing to signal while turning
- Illegally parking a car, making it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians
Call (919) 775-5653 or contact us and set up a consultation to speak with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer about your case.
If I’ve been in a pedestrian accident, what should I do next?
Others who may be legally responsible for your injuries might try to claim that it was your own negligence that caused your accident. Before you respond to any allegations, make sure you do the following things:
- Immediately call the police
- Stay put at the scene of the accident until the police arrive
- Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses
- Refuse to make any statements to anyone, including drivers and insurers
In the state of North Carolina, you have only three years to bring a claim for your injuries. Therefore, it is best to have an attorney look at your case right away and help you assess the validity of your claim. Then you can leave the legal worries in their hands and focus on getting your health back on track.
What compensation can I claim in a pedestrian accident?
If you or a family member have been injured as a pedestrian, the personal injury lawyers at Wilson & Reives can help you recover a settlement that covers the following:
- Liability issues
- Medical bills (including treatment, therapy and medication)
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Where do I begin filing a personal injury claim?
It will not cost you anything to come in for a consultation. At Wilson & Reives, PLLC, all personal injury consultations are given free of charge.
An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer at Wilson & Reives can provide you with trusted, effective legal counsel. We’ll focus on your claim, allowing you to focus on recovery and getting back on your feet.