Assertive Legal Representation For Injured Bicyclists And Pedestrians
In a majority of cases, pedestrian knockdowns and bicycle accidents happen because motorists aren’t paying attention to the road around them. At intersections and crosswalks, pedestrians have the right of way. By law, cars should allow a certain amount of space between themselves and bicyclists when passing them on the road.
At Nichols Law Firm, we work with accident investigators and other experts as needed in order to recreate what happened in pedestrian knockdowns and bicycle accidents in order to hold negligent car and truck drivers liable for the injuries they cause. Since North Carolina is a pure contributory negligence state, even if you are found even 1 percent at fault in an accident, you can’t recover damages for your injuries. That’s why insurance companies often try and shift any amount of blame they can onto pedestrians and bicyclists in the hopes of avoiding paying on a claim altogether.
We also fight outside of the courtroom to change the unfair law of contributory negligence in North Carolina to the law of comparative fault that 47 other states follow. Contact us to discuss the efforts to overturn this outdated legal doctrine.
If you’ve been hit by a car while jogging, crossing the street, or riding your bike, contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Injuries And Pedestrian Accidents
We represent injured pedestrians and bicyclists suffering from the following kinds of injuries after being hit by a car, truck, bus or other vehicles:
- Brain injury
- Severe concussion
- Spinal cord injury
- Crushed vertebrae
- Torn ligaments
- Broken bones
Talk To An Attorney Before Talking To An Insurance Agent
Insurance companies employ a number of tactics intended to reduce the amount of money they have to pay in claims. For instance, they realize it often takes months for the full effect of a head or soft tissue injury to be fully noticed. Consequently, insurance companies often try and settle a case as quickly as possible before the full scope of an injury is known.
In other cases, an insurance adjuster may call and ask to talk to you under the guise of finding out how you are doing and whether they can do anything to help you. After gaining your confidence, they then start asking questions about the accident: Were you wearing reflective clothing? Were you walking against traffic? Were you riding your bike on the shoulder of the road or in traffic? These, and other questions, are designed to ferret out any information that can be used against you later to shift some of the blame for an accident onto you, the injured pedestrian or cyclist.
Protecting Your Rights
We understand how insurance companies try to shift blame and confuse certain issues. Once you hire us to represent you, an insurer must go through our office regarding any questions or settlement offers they might have and leave you alone. We can protect your rights and demand equitable compensation for your injuries.