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Pedestrian accidents usually result in serious or fatal injuries for the victim due to the sheer size and force of most motor vehicles on the road today. If you or someone you love was injured as the result of a careless driver, then you may be entitled to compensation. At Maurer Law, our compassionate team of Charlotte pedestrian accident lawyers are prepared to assist you with all aspects of your claim, including gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and securing the settlement or judgment that you deserve.

The North Carolina Court of Appeal discussed a pedestrian accident in a recent appellate opinion. In the case, the plaintiff left her apartment and began walking to a local shopping center in Goldsboro. The defendant was driving in the northbound lane on her way home from work at roughly 35 miles per hour. The lane on which the defendant was traveling was a five-lane road featuring two lanes on either side, a turn lane, and a paved median. The plaintiff crossed the two southbound lanes of this road and stood on the paved median. There was a vehicle in the turn lane that had stopped to allow the plaintiff to cross.

An SUV in one of the northbound lanes had also come to a stop to allow the plaintiff to stop and traffic was backing up as a result. The plaintiff walked in front of the SUV and peered around it to see if the way was clear, but the SUV driver blew its horn and the plaintiff began running across the road. As she ran across the second northbound lane, the defendant’s vehicle struck the plaintiff.

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Pedestrian accidents can be particularly devastating due to the serious and catastrophic injuries that often result when a vehicle collides with an unprotected pedestrian. There are also often complicated legal issues in these cases regarding whether the pedestrian was walking in a permissible area at the time of the crash. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, the experienced and compassionate Charlotte pedestrian accident lawyers at Maurer Law are prepared to help you assess your right to compensation.

The North Carolina C0urt of Appeals recently discussed a case involving a pedestrian accident. The plaintiff was walking from her apartment toward a retail store while the defendant was driving home from work at roughly 35 miles-per-hour. The plaintiff crossed two southbound lanes of the street on which the defendant was traveling and stopped at the paved median. A car in the turning late stopped to allow the plaintiff to cross, and an SUV in the adjacent lane also stopped due to backed up traffic. The SUV driver honked its horn and the plaintiff started running across the remaining northbound lanes. The defendant’s car immediately struck the plaintiff as she ran into the outermost northbound lane resulting in injuries.

The plaintiff alleged that the defendant acted negligently at the time of the crash and the defendant responded by arguing that the plaintiff was contributorily negligent in crossing a five-lane street during rush hour traffic outside of the crosswalk. The defendant moved for summary judgment and the court granted the motion. The plaintiff promptly appealed.

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