Most drivers are fully aware of how their risk of a car accident increases significantly if they text while driving, and texting has the same effect on pedestrians. The new reports our car accident lawyers in Raleigh are reviewing show over 4,000 annual pedestrian accident deaths may be a result of emailing or texting while walking.
Raleigh has groups that are advocating walking in downtown areas. Last year, new Raleigh sidewalk plans were being discussed to help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents. Now the studies released in April 2013 by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Pedestrian Safety Survey show even by decreasing the opportunities for drivers to hit pedestrians, individuals who walk and text are contributing to the possibility of an accident that could severely injure or kill themselves.
North Carolina is one of just over a dozen states that recognizes contributory negligence. Under North Carolina law, if you are found to negligently contribute to your own accident, you may not receive compensation from another partially negligent party. Just as if you choose to ride as a passenger in a vehicle or on a motorcycle with a driver who is clearly intoxicated, you are contributing to your potential injuries.
Whenever you are hurt at no fault of your own, you have rights. Pedestrians have the right of way and negligent drivers need to be held responsible if you were hurt. Our workers’ comp lawyers in Raleigh can also help you with a North Carolina workers’ comp claim if you were walking across the road while running an errand for your employer or traveling for business. Schedule a free case evaluation with one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers.