Driver negligence is often a key factor in pedestrian accidents, including distracted driving, traffic violations, and hit-and-run accidents.
What conditions lead to pedestrian accidents? Is driver negligence always to blame, or do other factors contribute to vehicles striking pedestrians in parking lots or near roadways? Common causes of pedestrian accidents in North Carolina include:
- Distracted or drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to yield at intersections or in parking lots
- Disregarding traffic signals or stop signs
- Making turns or merging into another lane without watching for pedestrians
- Failing to watch for pedestrians when entering or backing out of parking spaces, parking lots, garages, or other structures
Crosswalk incidents are common in many pedestrian accidents, including when a motorist tries to beat a red light when making a left turn or when a driver pulls into the crosswalk before stopping to make a right turn on red.
Pedestrians can also make mistakes that lead to an accident. Jaywalking, crossing against a walk signal, and walking in the street without watching for vehicles can all lead to a shared-fault accident between the pedestrian and a motor vehicle driver.
North Carolina follows a contributory negligence compensation rule, meaning that pedestrians who contribute to the accident with any percentage of fault cannot recover damages for their injuries. Our Charlotte pedestrian accident attorney can help you gather as much evidence for your claim as possible to prove fault by the negligent driver.