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Lawyers Protecting The Rights Of Pedestrians And Bicyclists

There’s no disputing the fact that American infrastructure was designed and built with cars in mind. Ensuring safety and convenience for nonmotorized travelers was an afterthought, at best. Unfortunately, this attitude creates an even greater power imbalance between drivers and walkers/cyclists, who were already at higher risk of physical harm in an accident.

If you’ve been seriously hurt or a loved one was killed by a negligent driver, you need attorneys on your side who will fight to protect your rights and to help you claim the compensation you deserve. In Greenville and surrounding areas, the firm to call is Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP. We’ve been advocating for injured pedestrians and bicyclists since the firm opened its doors in 1981.

Why Are Pedestrian Accidents So Common?

Pedestrian and bicyclists are often blamed for their own injuries, which reflects just how car-obsessed our culture is. The truth is, however, that drivers are frequently to blame for causing the collisions that injure and kill walkers and cyclists.

Here are some of the most common factors that either cause pedestrian accidents or make them more injurious/deadly:

  • Speeding, especially in areas with a lot of foot traffic
  • Disobeying stop signs, yield signs and traffic signals
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving behaviors such as texting, eating, adjusting the stereo and more
  • Failure to yield right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists, especially in crosswalks
  • Making left or right turns without scanning crosswalks and bike lanes
  • Failure to keep a lookout when driving at night

When you hire our firm, we conduct an independent investigation of the accident to determine what happened and why. We then work tirelessly to help you seek the compensation you are entitled to.

The Importance Of Contesting Shared Fault

As we mentioned above, it is very common for drivers and even police officers to blame pedestrians and bicyclists for their own injuries. This is not only insulting; it can also make it impossible to successfully sue for damages.

North Carolina is one of just a few states that recognizes a legal principle known as “contributory negligence.” In most states, you can recover damages even if you were partially at fault for the accident. Your compensation will simply be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you.

In North Carolina, however, you are barred from recovering legal damages if you contributed to the accident or your own injuries in any way. For this reason, it is critical to contest any false information in a police report and counter any narratives that you share blame for what happened to you. Our attorneys will search thoroughly for evidence proving that the driver was entirely at fault for causing the accident.

Consult With An Experienced Injury Attorney For Free

Based in Greenville, Hardee, Massey & Blodgett serves clients throughout eastern North Carolina and the rest of the state. To schedule your free initial consultation with one of our skilled and compassionate attorneys, call us at 252-787-4632. You can also fill out our online contact form, and we will reach out to you.

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