Making the decision to walk instead of drive can have numerous benefits: it can save money on gas or other transportation costs, spare the environment, and serve as a healthy form of exercise. Unfortunately, when motorists fail to watch for pedestrians, walking can be dangerous or even deadly.
Thousands of pedestrian accidents occur in the United States each year, and the number of reported pedestrian fatalities has risen dramatically in the past decade. If you were the victim of a pedestrian accident, you may suddenly find yourself seriously injured, unable to work, and under a mountain of unexpected debt. Fortunately, there's help.
At the Law Offices of Shane Smith, our attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience handling pedestrian accident and other personal injury cases for our clients. We can help you explore your options and determine if taking legal action is right for you and your situation. Thinking about taking legal action for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident? Here's what you should know.
Common Pedestrian Accident Types and Causes
Pedestrian accidents can happen just about anywhere but are particularly common at intersections, school bus crossings, near roadside mailboxes, and in other residential areas. These types of accidents can also occur when a motorist doesn't yield or reverses their vehicle or fails to watch for pedestrians who are crossing the street or who are simply near it.
Inattention is the leading cause of pedestrian accidents, however, that lack of attention may be due to:
- Distracted driving, including texting or using a smartphone
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy driving
- Disobeying traffic signals or signage
- Disregarding weather, road or traffic conditions
Pedestrian Accident Injuries Can Be Catastrophic
Passenger vehicle occupants are protected by a strong steel frame and an array of automotive safety features, while pedestrians have no meaningful defenses against motor vehicles—which boast average weights between 3,000 and 6,000 pounds. Considering the vast discrepancy in size and weight that exists between a human being and a vehicle, it's no surprise that the injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can be severe, catastrophic, or deadly.
Compensation for North Carolina Pedestrian Accident Victims
After a pedestrian accident, catastrophic injuries can lead to astronomical medical bills. Fortunately, North Carolina law allows accident victims to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Accident-related medical expenses
- Property damages, if applicable
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
Should You Hire an Attorney to Represent You in Your Pedestrian Accident Case?
Many pedestrian accident cases can be quite serious, but not all pedestrian accident cases require an attorney. Sometimes, when a case is cut and dry, you may be able to handle the claim through an insurance company, rather than retaining an attorney and filing a lawsuit. However, there are times when having an experienced personal injury attorney by your side is essential, including when:
- You've suffered significant physical injuries or property damage
- Your accident-related medical bills and lost wages total more than 2,000
- Another party was at fault for the accident and your subsequent injuries
If any of these scenarios sound like your situation, you may benefit from a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Request a Free Initial Case Consultation With One of Our Seasoned Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
A pedestrian accident can be life-shattering, but the team with the Law Offices of Shane Smith is committed to helping clients pick up the pieces and start again. We've helped clients like you obtain the compensation—and justice—they need after a devastating pedestrian crash. Let us show you what we can do for you and your case. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation.