Friday, 16 of November of 2018

Deadly Pedestrian Accidents In North Carolina Increase 17 Percent In 2012

By Jim Lewis, VA/NC Wrongful Death Attorney

What Happened:

Deadly pedestrian accidents are occurring with great frequency across North Carolina and specifically in the Triad area, a region encompassing Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. Just last month a van hit and killed a man in High Point and two days later a pedestrian on his way to work was hit in Kernersville, NC.

Data shows that the number of wrecks involving pedestrians has increased enormously from 2011 to 2012. In fact, High Point police say that the three pedestrians who have been hit and killed in the first three months of this year are as many as died in any of the previous five years.

In 2011, the unincorporated sections of North Carolina reported 504 accidents between vehicles and pedestrians. In 2012, that number jumped 11 percent, to 561. The number of fatalities also ballooned upward, from 84 to 98, a whopping 17 percent increase. The average for the past five years is 497 accidents and 88 fatalities.

No one knows what accounts for the sudden increase in deadly accidents. The problem, according to police, is that pedestrian accidents are difficult to combat because they can happen anywhere and at anytime. Police say they are not able to stake out certain types of roadways given that accidents can occur almost anywhere there are people and vehicles mixing.

The North Carolina Injury Attorney’s Perspective: 

Though safety experts recommend that all pedestrians stay on sidewalks, use crosswalks and obey traffic signals when out walking along North Carolina’s roads, people in rural areas cannot always easily follow such advice. Pedestrians in rural areas often find themselves forced to share roadways with cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and tractor-trailers in places that lack any conveniences for those on foot. When that is the case, drivers have additional obligations to watch for pedestrians, especially early in the morning or late at night when it’s dark and difficult to see.

Potentially Helpful Info:

When choosing an attorney the family members should consider a lawyer that has an excellent track record of defending pedestrians and a great knowledge of pedestrian and crosswalk laws. The faster the family contacts a lawyer the quicker a lawyer can investigate the scene of the accident and begin gathering evidence.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, take a moment to read our car accident injury guide so you’re fully informed about what to do if you are hurt in a Virginia (VA) or North Carolina (NC) car accident.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

If you have been involved in a North Carolina car, motorcycle or truck accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding car accident claims. For instance, you may be wondering what types of damages an injured person can recover or how you can go about calculating and recovering money for lost wages. For these answers and more, read my firm’s North Carolina car accident FAQs.

Here’s a Google Map showing the location of one of the recent fatal pedestrian accidents:

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About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.