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When Is a Pedestrian at Fault for a Car Accident?

Although it's generally known that "pedestrians have the right of way," this does not mean that pedestrians cannot be held liable or partially liable for causing an accident. The laws of negligence typically determine a party’s percentage of fault in an accident. Both pedestrians and drivers are responsible for obeying traffic laws and exercising reasonable care so as not to injure another party or cause catastrophic circumstances. Have you or a loved one been involved in a pedestrian-car accident? Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson, 'the Heavy Hitters,' to receive your free, no-obligation consultation by calling…

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What Are the Main Causes of a Pedestrian Accidents?

Sadly, the NHTSA reports that pedestrian accident-related deaths are on the rise, rising 7.2% in 2020 from 2019. In 2021, 7,485 pedestrian fatalities were reported due to various causes, such as driver distraction, poor road design, excess speed, and road construction sites. This is an 11.5% increase from 2020, making this the largest number of pedestrian fatalities reported in the last four decades. Moreover, of those fatalities, nearly 50% involved alcohol intoxication from either the pedestrian or the driver. Have you or a loved one been involved in a pedestrian-car accident? Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Tatum &…

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What Kind of Damages Are Available if I Was Hit by a Car as a Pedestrian?

Nobody goes outside their house intending to get involved in a pedestrian accident. However, more than 104,000 pedestrians receive non-fatal crash-related medical care annually in emergency rooms. Additionally, 7,000 pedestrians per year are killed in road accidents, or one every 75 minutes. Pedestrian Car Accident Settlement No settlement amount can restore a life irreparably damaged by a pedestrian accident. However, bringing a lawsuit can offer much-needed closure to accident victims and their loved ones. Victims of pedestrian accidents may also pursue financial compensation for their suffering, medical costs, and lost wages. Have you been a victim of a pedestrian accident…

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What Kind of Insurance Coverage Is Available for Accidents Between Pedestrians and Cars?

  North Carolina is an at-fault state for car accidents, so in most cases, you would first seek coverage from the at-fault party’s car insurance policy. However, there are some situations where you might need to look at other options for coverage. This is one reason why it’s always a good idea to contact a North Carolina car accident lawyer right away - we can review the details of your accident and consider all possibilities for recovering compensation. Here are some examples of why the at-fault party’s insurance coverage might not be the ideal option in every case: The car…

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How Long Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Case in North Carolina?

What is the North Carolina Statue of Limitation for Personal Injury Accidents? With few exceptions, most personal injury lawsuits in North Carolina must be filed within three years of the date of injury. Here are a few situations that may be different: If you were working when you were hit by a car, you would probably need to file a worker’s compensation claim, which you only have two years to do. Most employers in the state must provide worker’s compensation coverage, provided claimants fulfill specific requirements. If you were hit by a car while working and have been told you…

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Is Jaywalking Illegal in North Carolina?

Jaywalking, or crossing the street in a prohibited way, is illegal in North Carolina but is considered a minor infraction and punished with a $100 fine. However, it is dangerous, and if you cause an accident by jaywalking, you could be liable for any injured parties' expenses. Many people think that jaywalking involves crossing the street without using a crosswalk, but doing so is technically legal. Under North Carolina law, you only have to use a crosswalk if you are between two adjacent intersections with traffic signals that are working correctly. In other situations, you may cross the street anywhere…

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How Long Does It Take To Settle a Pedestrian Accident?

How long it takes to settle a pedestrian accident is highly variable and depends on several factors. Some cases settle in months, while others may take a year or more, though in general, the more damages you have, the longer it will take to resolve all the issues. Cases in which the pedestrian was seriously injured or killed, or there is strong disagreement about the facts of the accident, will likely take longer. The at-fault party’s insurance company can also affect the time frame if they take a while to respond, are uncooperative, or simply won’t agree to a reasonable…

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