Pedestrian Hit By Car NC

I was walking and got hit by a car.

Pedestrians have no protection, and negligent drivers have no excuse. Some insurance companies may bully or lowball you – but we can help.

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This page refers to Pedestrian Hit By Car NC law in North Carolina.

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Our North Carolina Accident Lawyers Can Help if You Were Hit by a Car

If you were walking and a negligent driver hit you with a car, it may feel like everything is against you. You may be dealing with severe pain and discomfort from your injuries, getting bombarded with medical bills, and missing time at work and with family.

Why should you be suffering even though you did nothing wrong? The at-fault driver’s insurance should “make you whole” – but they’re protecting their interests, not yours.

Our North Carolina pedestrian accident lawyers know how to handle the insurance company and can significantly increase your odds of receiving maximum compensation. Meanwhile, you can focus on trying to get better.

See how much your case may be worth by calling 1-866-900-7078 or contacting us online today.

Who Is at Fault When a Pedestrian Is Hit by a Car?

Every case is different, though a driver always has certain safety responsibilities around pedestrians. Fault in each case is determined by the circumstances and conditions around your accident, including the driver’s actions and yours.

Was the driver exercising “due care to avoid a collision” when they struck you?

In North Carolina, a vehicle driver must:

  • Exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian (or bicyclist).
  • Yield to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when traffic control signals are not in place or in operation.
  • Refrain from passing or overtaking a vehicle that is stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross at a marked crosswalk.

The insurance company is protecting its own interests, not yours, and most of them make more by paying you less. Some insurance companies may even try to blame the pedestrian, you, for the accident. Some may even sue a pedestrian hit by a car for damages.

Contributory negligence and your potential compensation

Where Do Pedestrians Get Hit the Most?

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 60% of pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas with high-capacity roads and rapid traffic flow (speeds of 45-55 mph). Many of these areas also suffer from traffic design conflicts that put busy roads between pedestrians and desirable pedestrian destinations like restaurants or shops.

North Carolina is a dangerous place for pedestrians. According to data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 269 pedestrians killed in North Carolina in 2022, an increase of nearly 3% over the previous year. There were 1,978 injuries as well. In all, 12% of pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents were killed.

What Are Common Injuries Sustained by Pedestrians in Accidents?

Pedestrians are at risk for severe injury no matter where the crash occurs – even in a parking lot.

Common injuries include:

Unfortunately, it’s very difficult for a pedestrian to escape injury when hit by a car. In 2022, there were 2,221 crashes involving a pedestrian in North Carolina, and 2,176 resulted in an injury or fatality. Only about 2% of pedestrian crashes did not result in an injury of some kind.

It is perhaps no surprise that among the most at risk are the elderly and children. Most adult injuries are to the head, legs, and pelvis, with knee injuries and traumatic brain injuries among the most common. For children, injuries to the head and neck are the most common.

Remember, regardless of what injuries you suffered, do not accept any insurance company offer before consulting with a personal injury attorney. The at-fault insurance company should pay for everything you may be owed.

How Our Attorneys Help Pedestrians in Car Accidents

Our mission is to get you as much as possible, as quickly as possible, while you focus on healing and trying to put this behind you.

Your personal injury attorney can:

  • Manage your case details while keeping you in the loop
  • Advise you and give you peace of mind
  • Handle the insurance company and push back against any delays
  • Counter any attempts to blame you for your injuries
  • Build your case, including hiring experts as needed
  • Calculate the losses you may have suffered and seek out multiple possible sources of compensation
  • Fight for everything you may be owed
  • Take your case to trial if needed

If You Are a Pedestrian Injured by a Car, Contact Our Personal Injury Team

You don’t have to take on the insurance company alone. Our attorneys have helped tens of thousands of people, and we know how to help you, too.

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You can afford a high-quality attorney who can significantly increase your odds of receiving maximum compensation. Before you agree to any insurance company offer, get a professional opinion on your case with no obligation by calling 1-866-900-7078 or contacting us online today. It’s completely free.