If you were hit by a car in Charlotte, North Carolina, you may have a right to file a claim against the driver who struck you. Other parties can also be held liable for pedestrian accidents, such as towns or cities that fail to maintain functional traffic lights. Filing a lawsuit may enable you to recover compensation for your medical bills, the earnings you have lost, and other financial hardships that you have suffered due to the accident. Equipped with over 50 years of combined experience, the Charlotte pedestrian injury lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. are ready to help you explore your legal options and fight for the maximum compensation.
Our pedestrian accident attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge to each injury claim we handle. We know your rights under the law, and are prepared to work tirelessly to prove fault for your injuries. We will compile the evidence, handle all legal deadlines, uphold your rights, protect you against the tactics that are used by insurance companies, and work to recover the greatest amount of compensation possible for your injuries. For a free legal consultation involving a pedestrian injury or fatality, contact Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. online, or call our law offices at (704) 377-3737.
NC Pedestrian Injury and Death Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 110,000 pedestrians are injured each year in the United States. Sadly, about 60,000 people will die from those injuries. Children, along with the elderly, may be at especially high risk. Almost half of all deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents occur between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. when children are typically returning home from school.
A few North Carolina pedestrian accident statistics, which are sourced from the 2016 DMV report “North Carolina 2016 Traffic Crash Facts,” are highlighted below.
- More than 2,000 pedestrians were non-fatally injured in accidents that year, while almost 200 pedestrians were killed.
- Nearly 9% of all crashes involving vehicles and pedestrians resulted in pedestrian fatalities.
- Most cities in North Carolina reported fewer than 10 pedestrian crashes or fatalities, and many reported zero. However, Charlotte reported 382 pedestrian accidents, 408 pedestrian injuries, and 38 pedestrian deaths.
Can You Sue if You Get Hit by a Car?
Cars, trucks, bicyclists, and pedestrians have to interact and share public space and roadways. Unfortunately, not everyone understands or observes the rules of the road that govern right-of-way at crosswalks, stop lights, or even stop signs. For this reason, accidents resulting in catastrophic injury or wrongful death happen every day on our nation’s roadways, often in crosswalks and intersections.
If you have been hit by a car in Charlotte, you may have a claim against the driver who hit you. However, you must prove that (1) the driver was negligent, and (2) the driver’s negligence caused the accident. Your attorney will take care of gathering evidence that supports your claim by demonstrating that the driver was at fault, such as medical records, accident photographs, witness testimony, and other information.
The very nature of the circumstances – a collision between a 3,000-pound car and an unprotected pedestrian – suggests that the driver would ultimately be responsible for the accident. However, pedestrians must also adhere to the laws of the road and be aware of the traffic around them. Under North Carolina’s contributory negligence doctrine, a pedestrian will be barred from recovery, or preventing from obtaining compensation, if his or her actions contributed to causing the accident. Because of these strict rules, it is critical to be represented by a skilled attorney when filing a pedestrian accident claim in North Carolina.
Liability for Pedestrian Accidents in NC
Pedestrians in Charlotte generally have the right of way, unless they cross the street in non-designated areas or against crossing signals. If a child ran out into the street, and there was a school or playground nearby, the driver may have been aware that children were in the area. This can be used to show that the driver wasn’t taking proper precautions to avoid an accident.
Motorists are often at fault in pedestrian-vehicle collisions. However, a third party could also be responsible, depending on the circumstances. For example, if a crossing signal or traffic light malfunctioned, it may be possible to hold the municipality responsible for failing to adequately maintain or repair the light. Regardless of whether the crash was caused by a motorist’s driving error or a faulty traffic light, it may be possible to recover compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., we have years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims on behalf of injured pedestrians. Our attorneys represent pedestrians injured by motorists who failed to:
- Failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign
- Failed to stop at a crosswalk
- Failed to stop before right on red
- Failed to yield the right of way
- Were traveling too fast down neighborhood streets
Charlotte Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Can Help You File an Injury Claim
If you were injured because a car hit you while you were walking, jogging, or crossing the street, or if a loved one was injured or killed in a collision with a vehicle, turn to the accident lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. for effective, strategy-driven legal representation. We won’t charge any fees unless we recover compensation for you.
We handle claims involving bone fractures, head and brain injuries, back and spinal injuries, cuts and lacerations, loss of limbs, internal bleeding, and other serious injuries. To learn about your legal options for filing a claim or lawsuit against a negligent driver, contact us online, or call Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. at (704) 377-3737 for a free consultation.