Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
Were you in an auto accident that involved a bicyclist or pedestrian? These types of accidents are actually quite common in North Carolina, and the auto accident lawyers at Nagle & Associates, P.A. are prepared to fight for your rights if you were involved in this type of collision. In 2012, there were 702 injury-causing bicycle accidents and 23 fatal bicycle crashes in North Carolina. In the same year, there were 191 fatal pedestrian crashes and 2,312 non-fatal pedestrian crashes in North Carolina.
Our firm is 100% dedicated to the representation of auto accident victims. Unfortunately, we know all too well that the drivers of the vehicles involved in these types of accidents are automatically blamed, even if they were not totally at-fault. Oftentimes, bicyclists and pedestrians fail to abide by traffic regulations. Pedestrians can jaywalk, bicyclists can fail to wear proper reflectors, etc. Whatever happened in your case, we want to hear about it. You can contact Nagle & Associates, P.A. to discuss your case by calling (800) 411-1583 today.Bicycle-Involved Car Accidents
While not as common as pedestrian accidents in this state, bicycle accidents are still prevalent. Below, we've listed bicycle accident statistics from the major cities our firm serves. The statistics below have been compiled by the North Carolina Department of Transportation from the year 2012.
- Winston-Salem: 26 injuries from bicycle-involved traffic accidents.
- Raleigh: 134 injuries from bicycle-involved traffic accidents.
- Hickory: 9 injuries from bicycle-involved traffic accidents.
- Wilmington:43 injuries from bicycle-involved traffic accidents.
- Asheville:14 injuries from bicycle-involved traffic accidents.
- Greensboro: 34 injuries from bicycle-involved traffic accidents.
- Charlotte: 2 injuries from bicycle-involved traffic accidents.
Statistically, out of these cities, Charlotte is the safest city for bicyclists when comparing per capita accidents. Last year, there was a total of 704 bicycle accidents in North Carolina (including non-injury, injury-causing and fatal accidents). Pedestrian-Involved Car Accidents.
The North Carolina DOT reports that on average, 8.2 percent of pedestrians involved in traffic accidents are killed. The total number of pedestrian deaths in this state increased 18.9 percent from 2011 to 2012 (189 total pedestrian fatalities in 2012). In addition to pedestrian traffic fatalities, there were over 2,000 pedestrians involved in injury-causing crashes in 2012. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian traffic accidents are:
- Low visibility - Driver could not see the pedestrian due to adverse weather conditions or they were driving during night hours.
- Jaywalking - Driver could not anticipate stopping for the pedestrian because the pedestrian was crossing where there was no designated crosswalk.
- Pedestrian intoxication - This is becoming more and more common. Inebriated pedestrians can veer off of sidewalks and step out into traffic unknowingly.
- Failure to yield - Driver failed to yield to a pedestrian's right of way.
Any one or a combination of these factors could have contributed to your pedestrian-auto accident.Did you hit a bicyclist/pedestrian? Call Nagle & Associates, P.A.!
If you were in an auto accident that involved a bicyclist or a pedestrian, contact a North Carolina auto accident attorney at Nagle & Associates, P.A. today. Our firm is led by an attorney who is a former insurance adjuster and former insurance defense lawyer. Let his experience with and insight into the insurance industry benefit your case! Call today for your free case evaluation.