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Were You A Passenger Hurt In A Car Accident?

North Carolina is a hub of activity for motorists and pedestrians alike. There’s a lot of walking done around the state’s towns and cities, and that can cause some confusion as to the rights of pedestrians.

Some motorists think that pedestrians have the right of way at all times, and this is true to some extent. Because injuries from a pedestrian accident can be so severe, motorists may be held responsible even when the pedestrian is partly to blame for the accident.

Do Pedestrians Really Have the Right of Way?

It’s said over and over that pedestrians have the right of way at all times. But is that really true? The short answer is no. Just like motorists, they must follow traffic signals and laws at all times. Pedestrians have certain laws regarding how they share the road with motorists. They must:

  • Use crosswalks when available.
  • Use sidewalks when available or walk on the far left-hand side of the road facing traffic.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Yield to cars when needed, such as when they approach a crosswalk and a car is already halfway through it.

Pedestrians do usually have the right of way, especially when they’re obeying the above traffic laws. But that doesn’t mean that a motorist doesn’t have to watch out for a pedestrian breaking the law.

Catastrophic Injuries and Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians have no protection when they’re sharing the roads and walkways with others. They certainly don’t have airbags or a large steel frame around them, and they don’t even have the benefits of a helmet that cyclists and motorcyclists have. Because of this, pedestrians rarely walk away from a collision with a vehicle unscathed. And most of the time, the injuries they suffer are catastrophic in nature.

Catastrophic injuries are severe injuries that typically affect the spine, spinal cord, skull, and brain. Spinal injuries can occur in pedestrian accidents when the pedestrian is hit from the back, crushing the vertebrae and the spinal cord along with it.

These injuries occur more often than most people would think. The majority of pedestrian accidents in North Carolina occur when the pedestrian is hit from behind, most often when the pedestrian is walking on the side of a road facing the same direction as traffic.

Injuries involving the brain and skull are often secondary. These injuries occur when a pedestrian falls after being hit by a car, and hits his or her head on the car or the surrounding pavement. Brain injuries, like spinal injuries, can be permanent and can greatly affect the victim’s quality of life.

Claiming Compensation after an Accident

Claiming compensation after a pedestrian accident is possible, but can become tricky due to the fact that North Carolina is a state that operates under contributory negligence. While other states will simply deduct an amount from any compensation granted, North Carolina does not grant any compensation in contributory negligence cases.

In order to claim compensation, the injured party must be able to prove that negligence on the driver’s part caused the accident, and that he or she was injured as a result. He does not have to prove that he was following the law, but it’s important that he was.

This is because the driver and his or her legal team will likely try to prove that the pedestrian was not following the law at the time of the accident. If the pedestrian was jaywalking, walking on the wrong side of the road, or otherwise disobeying traffic laws and signals, he can be found partly responsible for the accident. And this might prohibit him from filing a claim.

Contributory negligence may be waived by the courts when children are victims of pedestrian accidents.

For the Legal Facts, Call Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

Pedestrians and motorists both have a legal responsibility when they’re sharing North Carolina roads with each other. If you’re a pedestrian who has been injured in an accident, you need a good personal injury attorney in North Carolina to represent you. These cases can quickly become complicated and the other side will fight hard in order to avoid paying. Rhine Law Firm, P.C., knows the law and the rights of pedestrians. Call today at (910) 772-9960 or toll-free (866) 772-9060 to have your case reviewed and start your claim for any compensation you may be entitled to.

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