Since 2005, traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists have risen in number due to distracted drivers, jaywalkers and city roads without crosswalks and sidewalks.

This increase occurred despite the fact that national pedestrian and bicycle fatalities dropped or remained the same over the last decade.

Analyses of N.C. Department of Transportation have determined there to be 12 hot spots in particular for pedestrian accidents.  The highest concentration of crashes involving pedestrians happen in uptown Charlotte.  Other problem areas are in low income communities, where residents rely more frequently on walking and public transportation.

Charlotte Accident Attorneys

Since January, 14 people have been killed walking or bicycling in Charlotte.  Road safety is a responsibility for all road users.  However, pedestrians and bicyclists can take extra precautions to ensure that the inherent vulnerability of traveling around motor vehicles can be mitigated as much as possible.  If walking or biking, be sure stay visible to drivers by wearing bight and/or reflective clothing.  Bikers should have reflectors and lights mounted on both the front and the back of their bike.  Position yourself clear of buses, hedges, parked vehicles, and other hazards before crossing streets.  Always walk on the sidewalk or on the road facing traffic if there is no sidewalk.  Bike in the same direction as traffic, however.  If possible, walkers should cross streets at marked crosswalks and intersections and make eye contact with drivers you cross in front of.  When crossing, look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street.

Taking the right precautions can make the difference of life or death.  However, even the most cautious pedestrians and bicyclists can be involved in a serious accident.  When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to assist you on your path to recovery.  We can investigate all aspects of the accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  Hire the best accident attorneys with whom you and your loved ones can invest the most confidence.