Charlotte Passenger & Pedestrian Injuries

Charlotte Passenger & Pedestrian Injuries

Charlotte Passenger & Pedestrian Injuries In Charlotte

In a car crash involving vehicles and passengers or vehicles and pedestrians, the innocent victims are often the passengers or the pedestrians. Passengers and pedestrians often sustain serious injuries that change their lives significantly in such accidents. You can file a claim for compensation if you are a passenger or pedestrian that was injured in a collision with a driver. As far as contributory negligence is concerned, passengers are often not accused of contributing to an accident unless they distracted the driver in some way and that distraction resulted in an accident.

Who Is At Fault In Pedestrian Accidents?

In 2018, 225 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in North Carolina, a 12.5% increase from 2017 according to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. More than 2000 pedestrians are involved in auto accidents in the state annually. A pedestrian injured in a car accident involving one or more drivers may be able to receive compensation for injuries.

Determining who is at fault depends on who was breaking the law when the accident happened. For example, if the pedestrian was jaywalking or was not paying attention to traffic when crossing the street, then the driver may not be at-fault or the passenger may be found to be partly at-fault for the accident. But if the car ran a red light, then the driver may be found liable for the injuries suffered by the pedestrian. In a situation where traffic signals are not in place or are not working, the pedestrian has the right of way. A driver that hits a child near a playground or school may be accused of not taking proper precautions to avoid an accident.

Passenger And Pedestrian Injuries

Charlotte Passenger & Pedestrian InjuriesPedestrians unlike passengers are more vulnerable in accident situations involving vehicles than passengers because they do not have a metallic shell protecting them. That means that if they are hit by a vehicle, they are more likely to suffer severe injuries such as back and spinal injuries, bone fractures, head and brain injuries, internal bleeding and more. Passengers can also suffer these injuries.

Soft tissue injuries are also common and they include lacerations, contusions, dislocations and tears. Fractured or broken arms, wrists, shoulders, legs, back and hands are some of the most painful injuries pedestrians and passengers may suffer. In severe cases, amputation is the only treatment available. But of all these injuries, brain injuries are the scariest because they can affect functions of the whole body. These injuries require extensive and expensive medical attention and care.  The compensation you get may help to cover medical costs, pain and suffering and other damages.

Safety Precautions For Pedestrians

Pedestrians should only cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection to avoid getting hit by a vehicle. They should also wear retro-reflective clothing or carry a flashlight when they are crossing the street at night.  Do not use your electronic devices when you are crossing the road. You should also walk on the sidewalk wherever possible, but if there is no sidewalk, you should either avoid the route or walk on the shoulder and face the traffic.

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