While crossing the street in Elizabeth City, Virginia (NC) a 61-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a vehicle. The accident occurred at the intersection of East Ehringhaus Street and South Road Street. The investigation is ongoing but the Elizabeth City Police Department was able to determine that the victim was Rudolph Boyd, a resident of Elizabeth City. Boyd was walking south from a convenience store when he began crossing East Ehringhaus Street when the vehicle struck and killed him.
From the Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
Our condolences go out to the Boyd family and everyone impacted by this sudden loss of life. Contrary to popular belief a pedestrian does not have to be in a crosswalk to recover after a car strikes them. Based on common law in North Carolina (NC) and in many states, a pedestrian has a right-of-way at a street corner when crossing under circumstances where a car/auto driver has a clear view of the pedestrian During 2008 our firm settled a case for a pedestrian who was crossing a road (near the intersection) but the road did not have a cross walk or traffic light. Surprisingly enough the first personal injury law firm he called turned his case down--they assumed he must have been partially at fault. As experienced VA and NC pedestrian injury attorneys we settled the case after about a year for $100,000.
The family should consider seeking a North Carolina (NC) wrongful death attorney in the event that there are grounds to take legal action.
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