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Being involved in an accident involving a pedestrian may be a traumatic situation. Whether the pedestrian or the driver of the car, you may now be dealing with a situation where you are facing high medical bills and many complex issues that need to be resolved. The question will be how you can do this while still trying to recover and move on with your life.
Experienced Raleigh pedestrian accident lawyers understand this, and they can help deal with the legal matters while you focus on your recovery. Call the Whitley Law Firm today.
While these tragic accidents are often the fault of the motorist, a pedestrian is not automatically blame-free in a collision. Both drivers and pedestrians have duties to uphold, so if either of them fails in these duties, they could be held liable for the car-pedestrian accident.
A pedestrian would receive liability for a crash if they were jaywalking, going against traffic signals, or crossing highways that lack traffic signals altogether.
A pedestrian would also be faulted for an accident if they were walking on the freeway or highway, on bridges, or anywhere else it is illegal to walk without the justification of an emergency. Any of these actions would constitute negligence on the part of the pedestrian.
And in North Carolina, any negligence at all would disqualify a personal injury plaintiff from collecting compensation. Despite suffering grievous, even life-threatening injuries in an accident, a pedestrian would not be able to be compensated if they were at fault in any way, regardless of how little their negligence contributed to the crash.
This is because of contributory negligence. Even if a plaintiff is found to be a mere 10 percent at fault for the accident, for example, they forfeit the right to compensation.
At The Whitley Law Firm, we are committed to helping our clients rebuild their lives as much as possible in the wake of pedestrian accidents. It is important to make sure your financial needs are addressed, as well as the specific aspects of your claim to help ensure you have the best opportunity of getting the help you need for medical bills, any lost earnings from missed work, and other expenses or injuries.
As anyone who has been seriously injured may attest, it is often difficult to move on. Our goal in providing you with our legal assistance is to help support and guide you in your time of need.
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If you would like to talk to a Raleigh pedestrian accident attorney about your particular case, feel free to call our law offices at 1-800-785-5000. Your initial consultation is free and always confidential.