According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year approximately 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle-related accidents. This number comes as no shock, especially when pedestrians share the roads with large and fast-moving vehicles. With the lack of protection that pedestrians have compared to trucks and automobiles, serious and life-threatening injuries may occur. The great news is that pedestrians carry the same rights as motorists when involved in an accident and have a right to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and any other expenses that have accumulated from the accident.
Attorney Brian Davis of Davis Law Group helps injured bicyclists receive all of the compensation they are due. We are located in Asheville and represent clients throughout Western North Carolina. Call 828-303-2842 for a free pedestrian accident consultation.
Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents may occur when the driver of a vehicle is being negligent and not paying attention to the condition of the roads around him. Such instances of negligence may be:
- Failing to use headlights
- Failing to see or stop for a pedestrian inside of a crosswalk
- Turning right at an intersection while a pedestrian is in the crosswalk
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Driving while distracted
- Failing to signal while turning
On the road, motorists carry the responsibility to exercise reasonable care while they are driving. This means being wary and taking a careful inventory of the conditions surrounding them while driving. The same is also true for pedestrians, who must also exercise reasonable care for their own safety. In North Carolina, if it can be proven that the pedestrian was responsible for even 1 percent of the accident, that person won't be able to recover any of the damages caused by the accident. That is why, it is important to seek the help of an experienced lawyer at the Davis Law Group, who can help you with your unique case.
Important Steps To Take
If you find yourself involved in a pedestrian accident, it's important to do the following:
- Call the police immediately
- Don't leave the scene before help arrives
- Gather information from any witnesses, including names and phone numbers
- Don't make any statements to anyone, especially an insurance adjuster for the driver of the vehicle that hit you
Once you have done these things, get in touch with a lawyer at Davis Law Group. There are many intricacies involved in accidents, and we will give your case the time and dedication it deserves, helping you to obtain the compensation you need to start the recovery process.