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Accidents involving vehicles are plentiful throughout the nation, but drivers and passengers are not the only victims of car accidents. According a report conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (NCDOT), pedestrians and bicyclists are increasingly victims of negligent drivers in North Carolina.
North Carolina Pedestrian Statistics
The NCDOT report states that in 2009, North Carolina ranked 12th in pedestrian fatalities in the nation. The report also states that most accidents involving pedestrians involve people in the age range of 16-25 years old. Crashes also tend to occur in “non-roadway locations” such as parking lots and driveways as well. As a pedestrian, you usually have the right of way. However, as a pedestrian, you can reduce the probability of being involved in an accident by paying attention to your surroundings.
North Carolina Cyclist Accident Statistics
The NCDOT report continues with statistics regarding accidents involving cyclists. The report states that the age range that is most affected by cyclist accidents are 11-15 year olds, which made up 18% of all cyclist crashes. The report also states that most cyclist crashes occurred in residential or commercial areas where posted speed limits are between 30‐35 MPH. As a cyclist, there are some precautions that you can take in order to reduce the probability of being involved in a car accident while cycling, such as walking your bicycle in crowded areas and parking lots. Furthermore, wearing a helmet will reduce the injuries you sustain if you are involved in a car accident.
Pedestrians And Bicyclists Need Protection Too
With the numerous ways in which you can be injured as a pedestrian or cyclist, there are several things to remember. First, be attentive to drivers when walking or cycling. Although the drivers are supposed to be paying close attention, they may be focusing on the road and are not always watching out for the pedestrian or bicyclist. Second, cross streets at designated crosswalks and even if you have the right to cross, still look both ways for drivers that may not be paying attention to avoid an accident. When riding a bicycle, wear a helmet. A helmet can reduce the risk of serious brain trauma or death, especially when struck by a car.
Contact the Personal Injury Law Firm of Bice Law
If you or a loved one has the unfortunate luck to be struck by a car while walking or cycling, seek medical attention immediately. If, due to the car accident, you have incurred significant and continuing medical bills, you should speak with an experienced attorney at Bice Law, LLC as soon as possible. Our attorneys will assist you in handling your difficult situation and will be able to understand the potential courses of action that you have as a North Carolina accident victim. An experienced attorney at Bice Law, LLC will be there throughout the entire ordeal and help you to choose the legal plan of action that best suits the needs of you and your family. To discuss the facts of your case with us, click here or call 877-BICE-877.