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North Carolina Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Compassionate & Dedicated Legal Representation

Whether you walk, run, jog, or bike, you deserve to feel safe. Unfortunately, many motorists in North Carolina do not obey traffic laws and do not give pedestrians the right of way. At Lanier Law Group, we are committed to fighting on behalf of any pedestrian who is struck by a car, truck, or other motor vehicle.

Our North Carolina pedestrian accident attorneys have developed a well-earned reputation for treating clients with the compassion, attention, and respect they deserve.

If you need the guidance and representation of a legal heavyweight, schedule an appointment at one of our many offices today.

Call (855) 757-4204 or submit an online contact form to request your free, no-obligation consultation. 

Pedestrian Laws in North Carolina

Pedestrians have the right-of-way at marked crosswalks and at intersections with unmarked crosswalks. Drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing the road within any marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no traffic signals.

Pedestrians must obey pedestrian control signals (e.g., "Walk" and "Don't Walk" signals). At intersections with traffic signals, pedestrians should cross only when they have a green light or a walk signal.

If crossing at a location that is not a marked or unmarked crosswalk, pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles. Pedestrians should not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. If a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing is provided, pedestrians must use these facilities and not cross the roadway.

Where sidewalks are provided and are accessible, pedestrians must use them and should not walk on the adjacent roadway. If there is no sidewalk, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder, facing oncoming traffic.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Pedestrian accidents occur when motorists fail to pay attention to stop signs, crosswalks, and intersections. Because motor vehicles are so much larger and heavier than people, car accidents involving pedestrians can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death.

Some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Head injuries are common in pedestrian accidents. Depending on the speed of the car when it strikes a pedestrian, it can cause a minor concussion, a life-changing traumatic brain injury, or death.
  • Neck injuries are also widely reported in pedestrian accidents. Many victims experience symptoms similar to whiplash. Serious neck injuries can lead to paralysis and death.
  • Back injuries are among the more serious consequences of pedestrian-related auto accidents. If you suffer damage to your spinal cord after being hit by a car, seek assistance from a team of respected attorneys as soon as possible.
  • Broken bones—including hands, feet, arms, legs, and more—can result from a collision with a car, motorcycle, or truck.
  • Internal organ damage may result from a pedestrian-auto accident. This can lead to serious, lasting pain and even life-threatening complications.

Our dedicated North Carolina pedestrian accident lawyers have a deep understanding of the law and can help you pursue compensation for all of your damages.

How Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

In most cases, pedestrian accidents are the result of careless or reckless drivers who simply aren’t paying attention. Under the law, pedestrians nearly always have the right-of-way due to the fact that a person on foot is simply no match for a large, heavy, fast-moving vehicle.

That being said, drivers may try to assert that the pedestrian was illegally entering or crossing the roadway to limit their liability. North Carolina follows the contributory negligence rule, which means that if a pedestrian is found to be even slightly at fault for the accident, they may be barred from recovering any compensation. This strict rule underscores the importance of proving the driver's full responsibility in causing the accident. 

Pedestrian accidents are most commonly caused by driver negligence. This may include things like:

This list is not exhaustive; there are many common causes of pedestrian accidents, all of which can result in severe bodily injury and even death.

Contact Lanier Law Group Today

Pedestrian accidents happen all too often in the state of North Carolina. When they are caused by negligence and result in serious injury to innocent people, Lanier Law Group is ready to act.

If you are struggling to pay costly medical bills after being hit by a motor vehicle, let our experienced legal team stand up for your rights.

Call us at (855) 757-4204 or contact us online to request a free, no-obligation consultation. 

We Fight for Our Clients

*Featured Case Results, Settlements, & Trial Wins From Our Attorneys
  • $200,000 Pedestrian vs. Motor Vehicle/Contributory Negligence/Wrongful Death

    Our client was struck by a vehicle and passed away at the scene. We overcame the contributory negligence defense and recovered all available insurance coverage.

  • $200,000 Pedestrian Accident
  • $152,000 Pedestrian Accident

    Litigated result for injuries sustained by a pedestrian who was struck by a motorized wheelchair.

  • $140,000 Pedestrian Accident
  • $100,000 Motor Vehicle v. Pedestrian
  • $100,000 Pedestrian Accident

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