In both busy downtown areas and in the countryside, roads provide our primary means of traveling from one place to another. And although motor vehicles tend to rule the road, pedestrians have just as much right to use public streets to get where they are going. People on foot also have a right to feel safe, whether they are crossing the street in the middle of uptown Charlotte or taking a leisurely stroll on a country road.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a close relative in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact the trusted accident lawyers at Warren & Kallianos. Our experienced pedestrian accidents attorneys have the in-depth knowledge and abundant resources needed to successfully fight for full and fair compensation for injured pedestrians.
With over 52 years of combined legal experience, our law firm has earned a reputation for aggressively pursuing maximum verdicts and settlements for pedestrians who have suffered catastrophic injuries in car accidents throughout North Carolina. Our firm’s success has led to our skilled pedestrian accidents lawyers being recognized as Super Lawyers, named among the Best Lawyers in America, admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
When you are at your most vulnerable, put your trust in Warren & Kallianos to protect your legal rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Why You Need Warren & Kallianos After a Pedestrian Accident
We give every case and every client our utmost attention and respect. When you contact our firm after a pedestrian accident, you can count on working directly with firm founders Chris Kallianos and Jeff Warren. Chris and Jeff will put their knowledge of these types of cases to work for you, making sure you are not taken advantage of by a pushy insurance company.
Our dedicated legal team will handle your case by:
- Thoroughly investigating the accident to determine its cause and identify all parties that may be responsible for compensating you.
- Calling in our team of experts such as accident reconstructionists, physicians, and financial experts to consult on your case.
- Protecting you from insurance adjusters by managing communications and aggressive settlement talks.
- Preparing to argue your claim in court in case you do not receive a satisfactory settlement offer.
If you are worried about the expense of hiring an effective pedestrian accident lawyer, don’t be. At Warren & Kallianos, you do not pay us anything upfront. Actually, we don’t collect legal fees unless and until we recover compensation for you.
Types of Compensation Injured Pedestrians May Recover
Although each case is unique, the types of compensation you may be able to recover after a North Carolina pedestrian accident include:
- Past and future medical bills.
- Lost wages, including diminished future earning capacity.
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress.
- Punitive damages meant to punish the at-fault party for serious misconduct.
If your relative was killed in a pedestrian accident, you may have the option of filing a wrongful death claim. Through this type of claim, you can pursue compensation for funeral expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering of your loved one prior to death, loss of companionship and other damages.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Although pedestrians have certain legal rights when it comes to using or crossing roads, it takes only a moment for a distracted, intoxicated or otherwise careless driver to cause serious injuries.
Common factors that contribute to collisions between cars and pedestrians include:
- Distracted driving. Texting, talking on the phone or to a passenger, changing the radio station, eating, updating the GPS, personal grooming — the list of potential driver distractions is endless, and it takes only a moment for a distraction to cause a collision with a pedestrian.
- Speeding. Drivers who are exceeding the posted speed limit or who are driving too fast for road conditions like rain or darkness are at a much higher risk of failing to see a pedestrian — or of being unable to stop in time to avoid a crash if they do.
- Failing to yield right-of-way. When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, drivers are required to stop and let the pedestrian pass. When a driver fails to do so, the resulting accident is not the pedestrian’s fault. Yet it is the pedestrian who pays the price in terms of injuries.
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals. Drivers are far more likely to hit pedestrians if they disregard a stop sign, turn right on red at an intersection that forbids it, or otherwise fail to follow the rules of the road laid out on traffic signs and signals.
- Failing to signal while turning. Cars are equipped with signals so that the driver can communicate with others on the road when they intend to turn or to change lanes. When a driver fails to signal, a pedestrian may understand this as a communication that the driver is going straight through the intersection instead of turning — and when the driver turns, the pedestrian may be hit and injured.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Impaired driving endangers not only the driver, but everyone else on the road, including those on foot.
What to Do If You’re Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
The average passenger vehicle weighs about 3,500 pounds and stands five or six feet tall. While the average pedestrian may be approximately the same height, he or she weighs considerably less than the vehicle. When the two collide, the force of the impact is disproportionately borne by the pedestrian’s unprotected body, usually causing serious injuries.
If you are hurt in a pedestrian accident, follow these steps as best you can. If it has been a few days since your accident and you missed one or more steps, you can try to gather the information now or talk to a lawyer for help.
- Get out of the road. If possible, move yourself out of the traffic lane. If you are suffering from severe injuries like broken limbs or head, neck, or back pain, however, it may be wiser to have others direct traffic and set up flares or warning reflectors rather than risk additional injury by moving.
- Get medical help. Call 911 for emergency medical care. Having police respond to the scene to create an accident report can also help you preserve evidence that may be crucial to your compensation claim.
- Gather information. Get the contact information for the driver that hit you, if possible. Also, get the contact information for any witnesses who were present when the accident took place or who responded to the scene to help. If you can, take photos of the accident scene and of your injuries — these can also help you establish your claim for compensation.
- Don’t take the blame. Even if you believe the accident was your fault, don’t say so. A fuller picture of events may reveal that you were not at fault. Accepting fault before you have all the details could damage your ability to receive all the compensation you are owed.
What to Do If You Were Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver
Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents are “hit-and-run” accidents, meaning that the driver struck you or your loved one, then fled the scene instead of staying to help. In a hit-and-run accident, it can be difficult to file a claim against the driver in court or to seek compensation from the driver’s insurance. If you are injured in a hit-and-run accident:
- Tell the police. Law enforcement can gather evidence and may be able to establish the identity of the driver who hit you.
- Check your insurance. If your auto insurance policy includes coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorist collisions, it may cover your losses sustained in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident. Your policy may even cover your child or other household members if they are hit by a car.
- Talk to a lawyer. Your pedestrian injury attorney can help ensure your legal rights are protected as you work together to identify the driver who hit you or to secure compensation from your insurer.
At Warren & Kallianos, Our Focus is Personal Injury
Attorneys Jeff Warren and Chris Kallianos bring a track record of success to each case they handle. We focus our practice solely on personal injury and help our clients pursue full and fair compensation after they have been harmed in serious accidents.
To talk to us about your North Carolina pedestrian accident, call us today or fill out our online inquiry form. Your initial consultation with our office is free and confidential.