Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C. Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C.

Asheville Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Assisting Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Victims in North Carolina

Walking and biking are healthy green transportation options enjoyed throughout Asheville and the surrounding North Carolina communities. Unfortunately, drivers do not always show pedestrians and bikers the level of respect and caution that transportation laws require. 

Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C., dedicates our firm entirely to personal injury recovery. During the past three decades since we began practicing law, our lawyers have noticed the increase in bike lanes and sidewalks throughout the Southeast that support healthy recreation and transportation alternatives. We have also seen firsthand the devastating consequences for victims of careless drivers. If you have been hit by a car, our firm helps you recover the damages you are entitled to receive.

Call Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C. today at (828) 383-8414 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our pedestrian & bicycle accident lawyers in Asheville.

North Carolina Pedestrian & Bicyclist Crash Statistics

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) estimates that every year more than 2,000 pedestrians are involved in police-reported motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina, resulting in 200 to 300 serious injuries and between 150 and 200 deaths. About 1,000 bicyclists are hit by automobiles, which kill about 20 cyclists and severely injure 60 more, according to the NCDOT.

Common Injuries in Pedestrian & Bike Accidents

Because bikers and pedestrians have no protection, auto crash injuries tend to be worse than when two cars collide. A vehicle hitting you, even at a slow speed, can cause such catastrophic injuries as spinal injury and head trauma or result in a fatal accident. Although a bike helmet can protect you from brain injury, it is not a foolproof solution.

Common Causes of Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents

Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are unfortunately prevalent, and they often result from a variety of causes. Some common causes of pedestrian & bicycle accidents may include:

  • Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers who are texting, talking on the phone, or engaged in other distractions may fail to notice pedestrians or cyclists in their path, leading to serious collisions.
  • Failure to Yield: Many accidents happen when drivers fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians or cyclists at crosswalks or intersections. This negligence can result in severe injuries for vulnerable road users.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed significantly increases the severity of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Speeding drivers have reduced reaction time, making it more difficult for them to avoid collisions with pedestrians or cyclists.
  • Impaired Driving: Alcohol and drug impairment contribute to a substantial number of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists. Impaired drivers are more likely to make inadequate judgments and fail to recognize pedestrians or cyclists on the road.
  • Poor Road Conditions: Inadequate maintenance of roads, sidewalks, and bike lanes can create hazardous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. Potholes, uneven surfaces, and lack of proper signage contribute to accidents and injuries.
  • Defective Bicycles or Components: Defective bicycles or faulty components can lead to accidents and injuries. Manufacturers and distributors may be held liable for producing and selling products that pose risks to cyclists.
  • Inattentive Pedestrians: While drivers are often at fault, pedestrians who are distracted or fail to exercise caution can also contribute to accidents. We can meticulously examine the circumstances surrounding each case to determine liability and build a strong case for our clients.
  • Intersection Accidents: Intersections are common sites for pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Failure to obey traffic signals, inadequate signage, and negligent drivers can lead to collisions with devastating consequences.

Your Right To Recoverable Damages

Our legal team may pursue a variety of options after your crash. We typically file a claim against the negligent driver who ran into you. The driver’s liability insurance should cover damages arising from the incident that involved the driver’s reckless vehicle operation. In the case of a hit-and-run accident, your uninsured motorist policy should pay you for damages.

Our lawyers also review whether a third party contributed to your injuries. For example, a construction crew may be responsible for road debris or potholes that impede bike lane use. Likewise, the municipality may be liable for a downed stop sign that was supposed to direct drivers to halt at a pedestrian crosswalk.

Contact Our Asheville Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today

Our lawyers offer you a free initial consultation and handle your case on a contingency arrangement. We represent clients in auto accident cases throughout the Southeast region — including in North Carolina and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia — through pro hac vice admission.

If you were hit by a car while walking, jogging, biking, or engaging in another type of pedestrian activity, call Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C., at (828) 383-8414 or contact us online to learn more about your rights with our Asheville pedestrian & bicycle accident attorneys. 

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