In an effort to reduce the number of pedestrians hit by cars, NC State is working on a study to determine how best to increase driver awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety. According to an article in yesterday's News & Observer, the study is intended to focus on education and enforcement as "factors that might influence driver behaviors so that they actively yield at pedestrians at crosswalks..." According to the article, 2,400 pedestrians are hit by cars each year in North Carolina. Of the 244 such collisions in Raleigh between 2000-2015, nearly half of them were fatal. It is the law in North Carolina that pedestrians have the right of way, though they are required to look both ways before crossing a highway without crosswalks or "hash marks" indicating a crossing.
Our firm helps people who have been hit by cars to recover money for their injuries to compensate them for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Even if the driver has inadequate liability insurance, there may be other sources of coverage, including underinsured motorist and uninsured motorist coverage through the pedestrian's (or in some cases a household member of the pedestrian) own car insurance. Even if the pedestrian may have contributed to the collision through his or her own negligence, the driver may be liable if he had the "last clear chance" to avoid the injury.
If you are hit by a car while walking, you should talk to an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney. Lawyers at Edelstein & Payne have been representing people injured through the negligence of others for decades; we offer free consultations in personal injury cases and will represent individuals throughout North Carolina. Call 919.828.1456 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation. Be careful out there!