Charlotte is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. This Queen city is finding its way on the map for celebrity status. Who couldn’t love this city? It’s a great mixture of the hustle and bustle amongst nature. It’s got that buzz of a city mixed with that sweet lull of a southern drawl. People are moving here from all over, and the impact is hitting our city streets. Our Charlotte pedestrian accident attorney at Price Petho & Associate P.L.L.C is here to give the low down on our cities increasing issue: pedestrian accidents.
Charlotte has Low Walking Score
This big little city is known for its Nascar fans and bustling nightclubs, but it isn’t known for its walkability. Like most southern cities built later, they are built to accommodate vehicles. Charlotte is making improvements to public transportation and surrounding road structure; let’s hope some focus is on the city’s walkability. Walk Score is a site used to calculate the walkability of a city. Charlotte scored a 23/100. Charlotte is labeled the 49th walkable city in the nation. Is this a contributor to the increasing number of pedestrian accidents?
Charlotte’s Increase in Pedestrian Accidents Could Be Pedestrian’s Fault
Charlotte is not the only city experiencing an increase in pedestrian accidents. States like California and Florida have also seen a rise in accidents. North Carolina sits at number 6 in the top ten states with the highest pedestrian deaths reported in the first half of 2019: 112 deaths occurred. The Governors Highway Safety Association projected in 2019 6,590 pedestrians to be killed in motor vehicle crashes, increasing from 2018. The national program suggests several reasons for the increase in accidents:
- Population growth
- Weather change
- Increase use of smartphone usage
To curb the trend, the NC Department of Administration created “WalkSmartNC” to give awareness to pedestrian safety. But should all the focus be on the pedestrian? Do drivers also have a stake in this situation?
There is one significant commonality in looking at the overall trend in numbers throughout the nation: cell phones’ popularity. Accidents have increased as distracted drivers and walkers are using their phones while trying to drive and walk. Does that mean every pedestrian is at fault if they have a phone in their hand? NO!
Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys are here to Advocate for You
It is really easy to say that a pedestrian was on their phone, and that’s how the car jumped the curb. We are here to make sure the truth is told, and you are getting a fair chance at getting the compensation you need:
- Coverage of all crash-related medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work while recovering
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent driver