The accident occurred on Auction Road near Mendenhall Auto Auction. The young man was walking east when he was struck from behind by a Plymouth Van. The young man was pronounced dead on the scene. According to officials the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing, and the driver of the van was not impaired.
The North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawyers’ Perspective
When walking at night you must take extra precautions to assure that you are more visible and out of harm’s way. Try to wear bright colored or reflective clothing, wearing dark clothing will only blend you into the night. Think defensively and walk facing traffic, this allows you to see a vehicles head lights far before the driver sees you and will allow you time to react if necessary, if possible stick to well lit sidewalks and streets. You need to remember that you are an unexpected object at night; drivers do not expect pedestrians to be out walking. Anything you can do to catch the attention of a driver is worth doing.
We humbly extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim. Although the accident occurred at night and the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing does not exempt the driver from being held responsible. A confidential legal consultation with an experienced North Carolina (NC) wrongful death attorney would be highly recommended. When a vehicle hits a pedestrian and results in serious, life-altering injuries or loss of life, there is a possibility of compensation for the damages that result. We have represented many victims of pedestrian accidents and successfully delivered compensation for their injuries. Not every accident mandates an automatic wrongful death claim, but if the evidence proves the driver was negligent we will do everything ethically in our power to pursue justice.
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