Collect Compensation From Drivers Who Refuse To Share The Road
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, 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 to victims of careless drivers. If you have been hit by a car, our firm helps you recover the damages you are entitled to receive.
North Carolina Pedestrian And 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.
Bike And Pedestrian Accidents Tend To Be Catastrophic
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.
Your Right To Recover From A Negligent Driver And Your Insurance Company
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 impeded 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.
Learn Your Rights As A Pedestrian Or Bicyclist
If you were hit by a car while walking, jogging, biking or engaging in another type of pedestrian activity, call Hensley Cloninger, P.C., at 828-585-6558 or contact us online to learn more about your rights. 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.