If you or someone you care for has been injured as a pedestrian, contacting a NC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer should be your next move. Unfortunately car vs. pedestrian accidents can result in traumatic injuries that can leave the victim with severe emotional and physical pain. The Bishop Law Firm represents personal injury clients, and we do not get paid unless we win your case.
NC Pedestrian Laws and Accidents
In North Carolina, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections and driveways but must use pedestrian signals where available. If a pedestrian wants to cross the road at any other place, they must yield to cars on the roadway and keep a lookout for approaching traffic. Pedestrians should also walk facing traffic if a sidewalk is not available. Also, there is a duty to stop in the event of a crash when the driver is aware that serious bodily injury was caused. If the driver does not stop, this constitues a Class F Felony. According the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, from 2008- 2012, 13,186 NC pedestrian accidents were reported. In each of those years, around 168 pedestrians were killed and 178 were seriously injured. Unfortunately, distracted driving can play a part in these accidents and is preventable.
After Your Accident
Please call the police and go to the hospital if you have been hit by a car. Sometimes shock and adrenaline mask symptoms of pain which become apparent later. Take photos of your injuries, the scene, and the driver’s car if possible. Follow all medical advice and avoid social media. In NC, to recover for an accident it must be established that you were not at fault. If you were not at fault, filing a claim with the at-fault drivers insurance company is the next step. Unfortunately, some insurance companies will try to dispute that their driver was the cause of the accident or refuse to pay for medical treatment that you need even when their driver received a citation (ticket).
Do you need a NC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
As a matter of common sense, pedestrians cannot physically win against cars and frequently these accidents result in catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical care and substantial time to recover. You may also need future medical care and your ability to work may be dramatically affected. A NC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer can help you recover your loses, attain treatment that you need to recover, estimate future losses, and negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
The Bishop Law Firm represents personal injury victims in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, and surrounding areas in North Carolina. We do not get paid unless we win your case and we offer free case evaluations. Contact us today, (919) 615-3095!