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Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Wilmington, NC

Speaks Law Firm helps individuals seek recovery for their injuries, their medical bills, and interruptions in their daily lives following involvement in pedestrian accidents in North Carolina.
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Why Do I Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in North Carolina?

The roads can be dangerous places for pedestrians. According to the CDC, there was an average of approximately one death every 75 minutes in the United States in 2020. The first thing to do in the immediate aftermath of a pedestrian accident is to seek medical attention. The second thing to do is contact a pedestrian accident lawyer.

While recovering financially might be the last thing on your mind during this traumatic time, there are several things you can do to protect your ability to seek compensation for your injuries or those of a loved one:

  1. Write down as many details about the accident as you can remember, including location, date, time, weather conditions, license plate numbers, and other identifiers of the car
  2. Find out if any witnesses saw the accident and can share their account
  3. Preserve any available evidence with photos, video, and documentation

A pedestrian injury attorney will use this evidence to piece together the scene and make a case. From there, your legal team will negotiate with the driver’s insurance company on your behalf in pursuit of compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other relevant costs.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Pedestrian Accident?

Every personal injury claim is different, but some or all of the following compensation may be recovered:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost earnings
  • Ongoing medical treatments
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Wrongful death compensation
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The Speaks Law Firm proudly serves people throughout eastern North Carolina, including Wilmington, Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Bolivia, Burgaw, Whiteville, Lumberton, Leland, Shallote, New Hanover County, Pender County, Brunswick County, Columbus County, and Robeson County.

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Why Choose Speaks Law Firm?

Accidents can happen at any time. You can be as careful as you can be, but you can never predict the action of others out on the road. When this happens, you need someone to speak on your behalf to fight for your rights. Speaks Law Firm is here for you.

  • Our People. Our team is our main differentiator. We hired each one for their solid background and experience in the field. This all-star cast of talented, dedicated, and accomplished legal professionals cares about your case. With over 20 years of experience, we will do our best to fight for your rights.
  • Our Process. We have built collaboration into our process. Our legal professionals were selected to work at the firm due to their experience. They work together to build your case and help you reach your goals.
  • Our Commitment. You need someone committed to fighting for your rights after an accident that places you in a vulnerable position. At Speaks Law Firm, our team works hard to provide our clients in Wilmington, NC, and the surrounding areas with sound legal service. We speak for you.
  • Free Consultation. Our lines of communication are open. You can set up a free consultation if you need to discuss your personal injury case and find the right legal option for your situation.

Common Causes of Wilmington, NC, Pedestrian Accidents

Sadly, the root cause of many accidents is negligent or reckless behavior, where a driver fails to be a good steward or act reasonably to ensure public safety. The majority of common situations that cause pedestrian accidents include:

  • Texting while driving
  • Failing to adhere to traffic signs
  • Running a red light
  • Driving through crosswalks, intersections, or driveways without checking for pedestrians
  • Driving under the influence

What if I was Partially At Fault for an Accident in North Carolina?

North Carolina is one of a handful of states with a contributory negligence rule. This standard means that if you are partially at fault for the accident, it bars any financial recovery. This rule is widely considered unfair because it prevents victims who were only partially at fault from being eligible for monetary compensation.

In an effort to avoid paying pedestrian accident victims, insurance companies are quick to look for any opportunity to assign even the slightest sliver of fault. For this reason, it is imperative to have a pedestrian accident attorney on your side to negotiate with an insurance adjuster or persuade a judge or jury of the merits of your case.

Before giving an insurance company a chance to deny your claim, contact Speaks Law Firm for a free case review.

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Time is of the Essence after a NC Pedestrian Accident

Every state, including North Carolina, has a statute of limitations that specifies how long a victim has to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident. In North Carolina, a personal injury claim must be filed within three years, and a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years.

However, a claim with the driver’s insurance company should be filed promptly following the accident. Most claims are usually reported and filed within a few days of the accident. An experienced North Carolina pedestrian accident attorney can effectively file your case with the driver’s insurance company shortly following an accident.

Delays in contacting the insurance company can hurt your case, but be aware that these companies are also motivated to minimize your claim. You should seek the guidance of an experienced North Carolina pedestrian injury lawyer when interacting with the insurance company. Your attorney may then manage such communications on your behalf to avoid missteps that could compromise your case.

Seeking Legal Help for a Pedestrian Accident in North Carolina

Beating the statute of limitations isn’t the only time-related issue in a pedestrian accident case. Delaying filing a claim can cause lost opportunities to collect evidence and secure witness testimony.

Some pedestrian accident claims are relatively straightforward, but more often than not, unexpected complexities arise that make these personal injury claims difficult to resolve without an attorney.

Our actions speak louder than words, so contact Speaks Law Firm today for a free case review with our legal team in Wilmington, NC so we can assess the details surrounding your accident and help you determine your next steps.

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We are proud to protect the rights of our injured neighbors in Wilmington, Charlotte, and surrounding areas across North Carolina. If you were injured in an accident anywhere in North Carolina, we’re here for you.
Do I Need a Lawyer? (view full answer)
While a lawyer isn’t required, having an experienced personal injury law firm on your side will generally result in a substantially greater settlement for your claim. Additionally, an attorney can handle the hassles of your case and make the challenging legal process much easier for you and your family.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost? (view full answer)
Our attorneys at Speaks Law Firm are proud to work on a contingency-fee basis. This means our payment is dependent on whether we are able to secure compensation for you. We feel this is the best way to serve our clients because it enables them to acquire the full service of an experienced attorney without […]
Who Is Responsible for My Medical Bills? (view full answer)
North Carolina law places the cost of accidents and injuries on those who caused them. With this in mind, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills from the other party's insurance company. If you are unsure who was at fault in your accident, our lawyers can go over the event with […]

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