Most drivers are unaware of the fact that generally any intersection is considered to have four crosswalks, whether they are painted on the street or not. If you asked the average North Carolina driver to describe a crosswalk, they might respond that a crosswalk has painted lines and flashing signs indicating if it is safe to walk. However, this is not true under North Carolina law. The pedestrian’s right of way is exactly the same whether the lines are painted on the street or not.
If you were hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, the following will be extremely important to your North Carolina Personal Injury case:
In almost all Auto vs. Pedestrian Personal Injury cases, an accident reconstruction expert will be necessary. The expert can help your attorney to compute the speed of the defendant’s vehicle versus the likely speed of you as the pedestrian. As a rule, a car travels a foot and half per second for each mile per hour of speed. A car traveling only 30 mph will go 45 feet every second. A pedestrian, on the other hand, will go 3 or 4 mph, or about 10 times slower.
By recreating the scene, we can easily illustrate the tremendous advantage an alert driver has in seeing and avoiding a pedestrian. If you were injured in an Auto vs. Pedestrian accident, you may consider speaking to a Durham Personal Injury Attorney to help determine if you were lawfully in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.