Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Morehead City, NC
Protecting Your Individual Rights
When we take walks around our neighborhood or to and from places like the park or your local coffee shop, you never expect to be injured in an accident, though unfortunately, it happens from time to time. Pedestrian accidents often occur in crosswalks at busy intersections, on the side of the road, and at night, though they can also occur in parking lots and in driveways. Pedestrian accidents can involve other pedestrians and bicyclists, but they most often involve cars, and as a result, usually end in serious injuries for pedestrians as well as trauma. If you were injured as a pedestrian by a motor vehicle, you may be facing tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and more. Though you may feel helpless during this challenging time, it’s important to know that you have options. When you call Davis, Murrelle & Lyles, P.A., our pedestrian accident attorneys in Morehead City, NC can assess your potential injury case and hold negligent drivers accountable.
How Contributory Negligence Can Change Your Injury Claim
Each state has its own laws when it comes to determining negligence in personal injury claims. In North Carolina, any negligence at all found on the part of the victim filing the claim will disqualify them from collecting compensation. Known as contributory negligence, this means that pedestrians can’t be compensated if they’re found to be at fault in any way, regardless of how little their negligence contributed to the accident. Pedestrians found to be just 10% at fault forfeit the right to compensation.
If you’re unsure of whether you contributed to your accident or not, don’t give up – call our attorneys. Only a seasoned personal injury lawyer can thoroughly investigate your accident and determine whether or not you can be partially blamed for your injuries. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to collect the compensation you need if it turns out you’re not at fault.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
When drivers are on the road, they are expected to exercise reasonable care, which includes being aware of and yielding to any pedestrians in their vicinity. Breaching this duty of care is known as negligence, which is how injured pedestrians are able to recover financial compensation after an accident.
Though there are a variety of ways drivers can contribute to pedestrian accidents, there are some common causes we’ve encountered in cases, including:
- Impaired driving: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can severely impact judgment and slow reaction times, meaning that drivers may not be able to react to seeing a pedestrian cross the street until it’s too late. Impaired driving can also cause blurred vision and distracted driving, which can be especially dangerous if pedestrians are walking around at night, as it can already be difficult to see a pedestrian in the dark while driving sober.
- Distracted driving: Doing anything other than keeping focused on the road, including taking calls or texting while driving, is dangerous and can prevent drivers from braking in time to avoid hitting pedestrians crossing the street.
- Failure to yield to pedestrians at intersections: While making turns on both the right-hand and left-hand sides, drivers must yield to any pedestrians crossing the street before they turn. Accidents often occur when drivers cut off pedestrians who are walking to make turns.
- Speeding: Going above the speed limit doesn’t give drivers much time to quickly stop or slow down for pedestrians who are in danger. Additionally, speeding can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles around sharp turns or on slippery or wet roads, and pedestrians nearby can get involved in the accident.
- Backing up accidents: Drivers are expected to check their mirrors and their back-up cameras, if available, before they back out of driveways or in parking lots, but sometimes, they fail to do so and strike a passing pedestrian. It’s important to always check your mirrors and blind spots to avoid hitting individuals, especially when those individuals are children who can easily be obscured.
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