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Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

Charlotte Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Lawyers

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A major cause of pedestrian- and cyclist-related car accidents in North Carolina 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. Our Charlotte pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyers have the experience and skill needed to help you seek fair compensation for your damages.

Call (704) 859-2003 or submit an online contact form to request a free, confidential consultation today.

Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident

  • Seek Safety: 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 its make and color.
  • Photograph the Accident Scene: Document the scene of the accident and any damages or injuries you have suffered. 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 in Charlotte who can help you understand your next steps after an accident.

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, however, the driver flees the scene, has no insurance, or has 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.

Contact Charles G. Monnett III & Associates to discuss your legal options with our Charlotte pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyers: (704) 859-2003.

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Proven Record of Success

  • $13 Million Medical Negligence Verdict

    An infant suffered an undiagnosed case of bacterial meningitis that caused severe neurological damage.

  • $10 Million Car Accident Verdict

    Verdict for a child who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident.

  • $9.075 Million Car Accident Verdict

    Confidential settlement for a family struck by an underage impaired driver.

  • $8 Million Confidential Settlement

    Confidential settlement for an infant with bilateral leg amputations following improper placement of the femoral line.

  • $4.75 Million Defective Automobile

    Settlement for a woman severely injured as a result of a defective automobile.

  • $3.375 Million Failure to Diagnose

    Confidential settlement on behalf of a child with severe visual impairments resulting from the failure to properly diagnose retinopathy of prematurity in a newborn child.

  • $3 Million Cerebral Palsy

    Confidential settlement for a child with cerebral palsy as a result of birth-related brain injury.

  • $3 Million Negligent Administration of Nerve Block

    Confidential settlement for a woman with hypoxic-ischemic brain injury as a result of negligent administration of nerve block for headache.

  • $2.5 Million Traumatic Brain Injury

    Recovery for a woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury after her vehicle was struck by a commercial truck while stopped for traffic in a construction zone.

  • $2.5 Million Traumatic Brain Injury

    Workers’ compensation settlement for a man who sustained a traumatic brain injury while employed by a logging company.

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