Pedestrian Severely Injured In Uptown Crash
We have learned that one person was taken to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle early Thursday morning in uptown. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said that the incident happened at the intersection of E Stonewall Street and S Caldwell Street when a vehicle struck a pedestrian and fled the scene. The victim sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.
At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we know that pedestrians are vulnerable. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian incident, we are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. If you need a Charlotte pedestrian accident attorney, call us today.
What Can Happen?
In the story above, we do not yet know the outcome of the pedestrian that was struck or whether police have caught the hit-and-run driver. What we do know are the numbers from the latest reporting year for North Carolina. They show us just how vulnerable pedestrians are:
- 2,331 pedestrian crashes reported
- 209 fatality crashes
- 2,065 injury crashes
As you can see from those numbers, nearly every single reported pedestrian crash resulted in an injury or a fatality. When a person is struck by a vehicle, their bodies absorb the force of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds and then the force of the ground with a secondary impact. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a pedestrian crash:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Each of these injuries requires immediate medical attention. In many cases, a victim will require surgery and long periods of rehabilitation in order to make a recovery. In the worst-case scenario, a person will be disabled and unable to return to the activities they love.
The medical costs alone for these injuries can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but there are also other hidden costs to consider. These can include:
- Lost wages and benefits
- Home or vehicle accommodations
- Any necessary in-home care
- Emotional or psychological damage
Many of these incidents are caused due to negligent drivers and often occur in areas where the pedestrian has the right-of-way.
With electric scooters gaining popularity, we need to be aware that pedestrians are not always injured due to vehicles. Negligent scooter and bicycle riders can also inflict serious injury to pedestrians as well.
Moving Forward From Here
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we will work to ensure you get compensation for all of your crash-related expenses, including:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages