No one should have to worry about getting struck by a vehicle when they are on foot in or around the roadways of Charlotte. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are not uncommon in this area, and they can be devastating for victims. Whenever the nightly news comes on, it seems like there is a new story about a pedestrian accident. At Price, Petho & Associates, we want to discuss pedestrian crashes, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in which we have seen more pedestrian traffic but also an increase in reckless driving.
Pedestrian crashes should not be “normal”
Towards the end of June 2020, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said they were investigating a pedestrian crash that involved a woman getting struck by a car in uptown Charlotte. According to authorities, the incident happened in the 1000 block of Elizabeth Ave, near Uptown Church.
The police said that a woman was struck by a vehicle and that the driver responsible fled the scene of the incident. The injured woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The entire story, when read online, was a total of six sentences. Unfortunately, these short pedestrian accident stories or not uncommon, and most people gloss over them.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 225 pedestrians killed in traffic collisions during the latest reporting year of data we have available. The unfortunate reality is that a significant percentage of all pedestrian crashes result in some kind of injury or fatality. For those who do survive these incidents, the resulting injuries can be severe. It is not uncommon for a pedestrian to sustain broken and dislocated bones, internal injuries or bleeding, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and more.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in pedestrian traffic in and around the city. Unfortunately, there has also been an increase in reckless driving reported around the country. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says that there has been a dramatic increase and drivers speeding and operating their vehicles recklessly since the pandemic began. It seems that, with less vehicle traffic on the roadways, drivers became more careless.
As the economy begins to reopen, however bumpy that reopening may seem, there has been more traffic on the roadways. We encourage all drivers to be mindful of pedestrians, and we encourage all pedestrians to be extra careful when crossing the roadways.
Our team is here to help today
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the negligence of another person, contact a Charlotte pedestrian accident attorney at Price, Petho & Associates today. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys pledge to conduct a full investigation into your case in an effort to secure maximum compensation for your claim. This could include:
- Coverage of all crash-related medical bills
- Lost income if you cannot work while recovering
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of personal enjoyment images
- Pain and suffering damages