Pedestrian and bicycle accidents in Charlotte are rarely minor. In a flash, your world may be turned upside-down after you or a loved one is struck by a moving vehicle while lawfully crossing an intersection or walking alongside a sidewalk. Despite North Carolina traffic safety laws designed to protect everyone sharing the road, personal injury cases involving pedestrians and bicyclists happen more often than most people may realize.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than one-sixth of traffics fatalities occurring in North Carolina in 2012 involved pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicle non-occupants. These accidents often result in serious injuries to victims who could not have done anything to prevent the tragedy. We have seen too many times that driver negligence plays a significant role in these incidents. A driver may have been texting while driving, under the influence of alcohol, speeding or ignoring traffic signals.
At Hull & Chandler, P.A., we work tirelessly to protect the rights of pedestrian accident victims throughout North Carolina. Click on the following links to learn more about what we, as attorneys, can do to help victims of pedestrian and bicycle accidents throughout the state. If you’ve been injured or a loved one was killed, contact us immediately at 704-375-8488 to schedule a free case evaluation at our Charlotte office.
Bicycling is a popular means of transportation in Charlotte, where more and more people are cycling for a variety of reasons. From commuters looking to beat rush hour traffic to hobbyists simply looking to stay in shape, every cyclist has the right to share the road with cars, trucks and other large vehicles. But bicycling carries unique risks. Like pedestrians, cyclists lack overall crash protection and may be injured or killed when struck by a vehicle.
Accidents typically occur as a result of the following types of driver negligence:
Even when wearing proper safety attire, a cyclist may sustain injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, fractures and other types of life-threatening injuries. Bicycle accident cases typically involve closely investigating the crash scene, interviewing witnesses and examining damage to the bicycle. We may consult with accident reconstructionists and other experts to help build a compelling bicycle accident claim. We know how to present a winning case so our clients can obtain full and fair compensation from the insurance companies. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.
A: Because pedestrian accidents typically result in serious injuries, it’s wise to consult with a lawyer to know your rights. While you are not required to hire an attorney, you may find that you can dramatically increase your chances of receiving compensation for your accident. This is especially true when your accident has led to serious injuries or when a negligent driver, such as a drunk, distracted or speeding driver, was responsible for your accident. Serious accidents often have serious legal consequences. Insurance companies might try to offer you a “low ball” settlement for your injuries. They may try to take advantage of someone without legal counsel. That’s why we recommend contacting a lawyer. Our firm offers a free case consultation to all prospective clients.
A: The damages (compensation for your losses or injury) you may be entitled to receive cover a broad range. While each case must be evaluated on an individual basis, damages may include medical expenses and cost of future medical care, loss of wages, loss of future earning capacity, damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress, and punitive damages designed to punish drivers who acted with gross negligence or malicious intent.
A: North Carolina is a pure contributory negligence state. That means the plaintiff (the injury victim) may be barred from compensation if found to have contributed to his or her injuries. If you’ve been injured and the negligent party who caused your accident claims you were at fault, it’s important to act fast. You may be barred from collecting compensation. Contact an attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.
A: Hull & Chandler, P.A., firmly believes that pedestrians and bicyclists injured in North Carolina have the right to access the state’s courts without fearing out-of-pocket expenses. Your initial consultation is free and we require no fees unless we win your case. Let us help you get life back on track. Don’t hesitate to contact us today. Call 704-375-8488 for a free case consultation.