Pedestrian Accidents in Charlotte, NC
A major cause of pedestrian and cyclist related car accidents in Charlotte is the failure of the driver to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or crosswalk. All of these collisions, whether at an intersection or elsewhere, are ultimately caused by a driver’s failure to keep a proper lookout at all times.
Drivers must always be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists.
When we handle a pedestrian or cyclist case, we focus on the conduct of the driver to prove that they were not keeping a proper lookout and violated traffic laws and regulations. This sometimes requires retaining crash reconstruction experts and using complex injury illustrations to demonstrate the timing of the vehicle to help prove the driver was at fault.
Steps After A Pedestrian Accident in Charlotte
After an accident it is important to exit the path of oncoming vehicles where you might be struck again. Once you have moved out of the street it is important to breathe, control your emotions, and assess the situation and injuries. If there is an injured victim, seek medical help immediately by contacting local first responders.
Call The Police To The Scene
Instead of brushing off the accident it is important you contact your local law enforcement at the scene of the accident. Responding police will investigate the accident and prepare a police accident report which is an important form of documentation of the accident. When the police arrive it is important you share your statement of events. You may also want to get a copy of the accident report several days later to check over the report notes and ensure they are accurate.
Exchange Information With The Other Driver
After an accident it is important to exchange information. Even if you feel fine it is quite common for the shock and adrenaline from the accident to mask the pain. Common injuries include broken wrists, broken ribs, concussion, head injuries or worse.
Ask the driver to stay with you while you wait for the police to arrive. However, If the driver attempts to flee, try to snap a quick photo of the vehicle and license plate or try to at least make a mental note of it’s make and color.
Photograph The Accident Scene
Document the scene of the accident and any damages or injuries. Any additional information you can provide will help in building support for your case or claim.
Get Legal Help
Speak to an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer who can help you understand your next steps after an accident. Speak to a Charlotte pedestrian accident attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates.
Speak To a Charlotte Accident Attorney
Whether you have been injured walking as a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle in a traffic collision, contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation. When pedestrian or cyclist injuries occur, all potential avenues of recovery must be explored due to the life-changing consequences of these collisions.
Risk of Pedestrian & Bicycle Traffic Accidents
- The number of Pedestrians killed in traffic crashes jumped 11% in 2017.
- Pedestrian deaths have also increased steadily in North Carolina
- Bicyclists are also face increasing risks of injury or worse related to traffic crashes.
These statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are sobering reminders of how dangerous our roads can be for pedestrians and cyclists. Government agencies whose responsibilities include promoting safety on the roadways are engaged in awareness campaigns to protect cyclists and pedestrians.
Insurance Coverage in Pedestrian Accidents
If the driver that hits a pedestrian or cyclist can be identified, hopefully there is adequate liability insurance to cover what is likely a serious injury or even death. Oftentimes though, the driver flees the scene, has no insurance, or too little insurance to cover the losses.
In these situations, if the pedestrian or cyclist has their own automobile insurance, there may be uninsured motorist coverage (no liability insurance) or underinsured motorist coverage (too little liability insurance) available to the pedestrian or cyclist through his or her own insurance policy.
Three Ways We Can Help You Today
- Help you understand your rights as they apply to your unique case
- Help you to know which medical treatments may be needed
- Help take calls and handle the paper work from insurance companies
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