Pedestrians struck by motorists account for over 4,000 deaths and over 60,000 injuries per year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of these accidents occur in North Carolina, including here in Goldsboro and surrounding areas.
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle of any type, the injuries can be extremely severe, requiring hospitalization, surgery and years of rehabilitation. Many victims of pedestrian accidents see their lives changed for forever. Some do not survive their injuries.
If you or someone you love has been hit by a car or a truck while they were walking, jogging, running, or standing on the sidewalk or sitting on a bench waiting for public transportation, the Goldsboro firm of Strickland, Agner & Associates is here to help. A pedestrian accident lawyer can represent injured pedestrians and their families. We have helped many accident victims recover the compensation they deserve.
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How Drivers Are at Fault for Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers can be at fault in pedestrian accidents in a number of ways. Some of the most common forms of driver negligence in pedestrian accidents include drivers who:
- Fail to yield right-of-way.
- Disobey traffic signs.
- Break speed limits.
- Operate a vehicle while intoxicated.
- Text, talk on the phone or allow themselves to be distracted in some other way.
The rate of accidents involving pedestrians and distracted driving is steadily increasing due to the popularity of smartphones and other devices that take a driver’s attention off the road. Full attention is required when driving any type of motor vehicle. When drivers fail to meet that standard and strike a pedestrian, liability often rests with drivers.
Pedestrians Suffer Serious Injuries in Accidents – Our Goldsboro Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help
Pedestrians are completely unprotected when traveling by foot on busy streets, alongside roads and when walking across an intersection. It is easy to see why an impact with a two-ton motor vehicle can cause such severe and often life-threatening injuries to an unprotected pedestrian.
The injuries pedestrians can suffer in accidents with a motor vehicle can range from minor to fatal. Many of the injuries sustained involve broken bones, head injuries, injuries to the lower body and thorax.
Often the head is involved in two impacts – first when hit by a motor vehicle, and then second when making contact with the pavement. Brain injuries are extremely common in these types of accidents, and are often disabling or fatal.
Holding Motorists Responsible for Injuring Pedestrians
In many accidents involving a motor vehicle and an unprotected pedestrian, the driver will be held liable for the injuries sustained by the pedestrian. The law of every state dictates that a pedestrian has the right-of-way in most situations. However, there are circumstances in which a driver may be absolved of liability. For example, a motorist may not be found liable for accidents caused by pedestrians’ intentional actions to bring about an impact in an effort to hurt themselves and pedestrians who failed to obey the traffic signals when crossing a street.
The driver is often found to be negligent for the simple fact that drivers are required to be cautious and they have a duty of care to keep their vehicle under control at all times, especially when pedestrians are around. Our lawyers have been successful in holding motorists liable for their actions when they have been the cause of our client’s injuries, pain and suffering.
In addition to seeking benefits from the at-fault driver and his or her insurance coverage, injured pedestrians may be entitled to benefits under their own auto insurance policy. Uninsured motorist (UM and underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits are often available to pedestrians who are injured in crashes. The children of policyholders may also be entitled to benefits if they are struck while on foot. A pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm will work hard to identify all potential sources of insurance and seek out appropriate compensation.
How A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Helps Accident Victims
When you retain the personal injury attorneys at Strickland, Agner & Associates, we take the stress and worry out of your life while you or your loved one gets the medical treatment and rehabilitation needed to recover. Dealing with insurance companies, the opposing counsel in your case, filing all necessary claims and legal pleadings and being available to answer your questions is our job and our commitment to you.
We are passionate about recovering just benefits for you to make you whole again. Never talk to an insurance company without first speaking to an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer if you have been involved in a accident. Insurance companies may attempt to limit their losses by enticing you to agree to a settlement that is far less than what you deserve.
Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case so we can help you get back on your feet. We do not charge a fee unless we recover money for you, and we are committed to helping you pursue justice and your rightful compensation.
- NHTSA: Pedestrians