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Hit By A Car While Running – What To Do Next

If you are hit by a car while running, the injuries can be tragic. There is no more vulnerable individual on the road than the pedestrian. Often, runners are moving fast enough that turning cars don’t see them coming. This makes getting hit by a car while running a very real danger.

Take These Steps After Being Hit

  1. If you’ve been hit by a car while running, certainly your health is most important. Calling for medical attention should be your first step.
  2. Second, document the accident. This means taking pictures of the area where you were hit, and the vehicle that hit you. Additionally, take photos of the license plate of the car that hit you.
  3. Third, if you are not being rushed to the hospital by ambulance, be sure to call the police. This will generate a police report which is an official record of the accident.
  4. Lastly, take down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses who saw the accident and were kind enough to stop. They may be the key to your personal injury case down the road.

Statistically Speaking

Each year, the numbers keep getting worse for pedestrians. According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Administration:

                “Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2016, totaling 5,987 deaths.”

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

That is a fatality every two hours, which is terribly frightening. Comparatively, 840 bicyclists were killed in the same year. A previous blog article on this site has advice regarding bicycling in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Preventing Pedestrian Accidents

In order to prevent being hit by a car while running or walking, you have to become a defensive pedestrian. This means taking pro-active steps to insure your own safety. Consequently, you need to always be on the lookout for the actions of drivers, and make yourself easily detectable as a pedestrian. Here are a few ways to accomplish that:

  1. Wear brightly colored clothing or a safety vest.
  2. Follow the rules of the road so that motorists are more likely to spot you.
  3. Run during daylight hours.
  4. Pick routes that include greenways and neighborhood streets whenever possible.

Speak With An Attorney Today

If you were hit by a car while running, we’re here to help. Our firm aggressively defends the rights of pedestrians including runners, bicyclists and others sharing the road with motorists. Attorney Chris Layton spent years commuting to work by bicycle in Charlotte, and runs almost every day—as a result, he’s passionate about helping individuals who have been injured on the road. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we will reach out to you the same day. We know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

Bike accidents in Charlotte, NC increase annually as the city grows. Smart bicyclists follow the rules of the road when they are out riding. Bicycle owners ensure their safety by increasing their knowledge of these rules. Recognize that according to N.C.G.S. Sec. 20-4.01(49):

bicycles shall be deemed vehicles and every rider of a bicycle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter

Avoiding Bike Accidents

To avoid bike accidents, start by abiding by the rules of the road. Bicycles are treated as vehicles, per the statute above. Generally, this means the bicycle rules of the road are the same rules that a car follows, including the following: yield to traffic already established in the roadway, drive on the right side of the road, yield before entering a primary road, and yield before moving laterally or turning.  These rules were created for your personal safety and should be followed. A great many bicycle accidents could be avoided if more of us followed these guidelines.

When to Yield

  • To established traffic
  • Before turning or moving laterally (an exception is when you have a green arrow)
  • Before entering a primary roadway (from a side street or otherwise)
  • Stop signs, one way streets, traffic lights, etc

Safety Requirements and Personal Injury

If you are injured in an accident with a vehicle, quite often the insurance company representing the driver will want to know whether you had reflective wear or if you were wearing bright clothing. The success of a bicycle personal injury claim or a pedestrian personal injury claim can turn on this point. Not only should reflectors and lights be worn on the person, but they should also be attached to the bicycle and helmet.

Pedestrians are not as easily visible as other vehicles, which may be equipped with bright lights and reflectors. The size of another vehicle such as a car, generally means it will be noticed. When you’re walking or operating a bicycle, not only are you typically on the ‘side’ of the road, but additionally you are a smaller object occupying less space in the field of vision of other drivers. As a result, you can avoid accidents by taking extra safety precautions. These same precautions provide you with legal protection in the event you are injured by another driver.

Are Bicycles/Bicyclists Treated as Vehicles or as Pedestrians?

Bicyclists on some occasions are considered pedestrians, rather than being considered operators of a vehicle (bicycle). One example is where someone on a bicycle is riding the bicycle on the sidewalk. In some instances, this individual will be treated as a pedestrian, for legal purposes, or it will be argued that by failing to operate the bicycle in a manner designed to alert other drivers of his presence, the bicyclist has compromised his or her rights against other drivers.

BikeWalk NC

BikeWalk NC is a great resource for rules of the road for bicyclists as well as other material. You can access it HERE.

Call A Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been injured while riding a bicycle, please call us to find out your rights. We are more than happy to hear your story and give you a complimentary assessment of your case or claim. If we can’t take your case for some reason, we will help to refer you to another lawyer that we trust, who can assist you. If you’d like to speak with an attorney today, call 704.749.7747 or click HERE to send us a request for a phone consultation. We hope you’ll choose to Recover With Us.

Halloween is a great time to be a kid. The thrill of running house to house for free candy is tough to beat. During trick or treating, you’ll see exhausted parents who would have given up hours ago if their kids would only let them. But alas, the battle wages on into the late evening until porch lights are turned off, and jack-o-lanterns blow out; it’s the national symbol for “It’s over. Go home now, kids.”

As an adult, and as a personal injury lawyer, you see the world a bit differently than children do. As a result, you think of Halloween a bit differently. Every child’s dash out into the street is a potentially life threatening moment. Candy needs to be examined before being consumed. And of course the truly scary stories of Halloweens past fill the news. If you’re an adult, you’re just hoping to survive Halloween. Here are a few tips to for you and your family to make it through the holiday safely.

Stay Visible: Costumes are meant to be scary, but a little bit of reflective material or a light of some sort makes your child visible to vehicles navigating busy streets during trick or treat hours. Wal-Mart, Target and other stores all sell clip-on blinking red lights (check the bike section) which will do the trick.

Stay Together: Kids tend to trick or treat as a group, but they run from house to house like a bunch of goblins on the loose. Remind kids to travel together as a group between houses. They are more likely to be seen by drivers, and you’re less likely to lose a little one in the mayhem. Just the peace of mind that comes with a full head count will make the evening easier on you as an adult.

Stay Sober: The temptation to carry along a little treat for daddy or mommy by way of the bottle is strong on a stressful night. Be responsible and remember you’re in charge of children who are terrorizing the neighborhood streets high on sugar and adrenaline.

Drive SLOWLY: If you have to drive a car on Halloween, the burden is on you to drive with extra caution. If you’re in a neighborhood at dusk, you should expect kids to jump out in front of you at random, crossing the street in search of the next mini Snickers bar. Even if it’s chilly, drive with your window down or cracked, so you’ll hear kids coming.

Charlotte Pedestrian accidents increase dramatically around Halloween, for obvious reasons. It’s a busy night with lots of foot traffic. Give kids a break and use extra caution when you’re on the road.

We hope you and your kids have a Happy Halloween!