“What Kind of Evidence Do I Need in a Pedestrian Accident Case?”

January 8, 2021 | By Riddle & Brantley Accident Injury Lawyers
“What Kind of Evidence Do I Need in a Pedestrian Accident Case?”

Pedestrian accident cases can be extremely complicated. Liability is often contested by defense counsel and the insurance company, and you’ll need strong evidence to prove fault and secure compensation through a settlement or verdict.

“What Kind of Evidence Do I Need in a Pedestrian Accident Case?”

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If you’re seeking compensation for injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident in North Carolina, you and your personal injury lawyer will need to prove liability — and that requires a significant amount of evidence.

At Riddle & Brantley, our North Carolina pedestrian accident lawyers launch a full investigation of every accident claim that we handle. We have retired law enforcement officers on staff to lead these investigations, and we often bring in outside experts like accident reconstructionists to prove liability.

Evidence we use to prove fault in pedestrian accidents includes:

  • Witness testimony
  • The official accident report prepared by law enforcement
  • Photos of the crash scene, damage and injuries
  • Video footage, including footage from surveillance cameras and dash cams
  • Medical records
  • Expert testimony by accident reconstructionist and other experts

“What do you have to prove in a pedestrian accident claim?”

In order to recover compensation in any personal injury claim in North Carolina, you must prove:

  • That the defendant had a “duty of care” to do what they could to avoid injuring you
  • That the defendant’s actions violated that duty of care
  • That you suffered damages (physical and emotional injury, or expenses and pain and suffering due to the accident)

Contributory Negligence in North Carolina

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North Carolina is a contributory negligence state, which means that if you are even partially responsible for the accident, you are barred from recovery. Even if you’re just 1% responsible for an accident, you cannot recover compensation.

Therefore, we must be diligent in acquiring strong evidence that proves the accident was caused by the defendant.

Our attorneys have more than 220+ years of combined legal experience handling cases involving the doctrine of contributory negligence. We know how insurance companies operate and are skilled negotiators. Our lawyers are backed by experienced accident investigators, paralegals, and case managers, as well.

You don’t have to go through this alone.

Our experienced injury attorneys can help investigate your pedestrian accident and obtain the evidence we need to prove liability and secure maximum compensation for you.

There is never any obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation for your injuries.

Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim. You can also complete the convenient form below if you prefer.

Free consultations are available by phone, email, text and video conference, or we can come directly to you. However, no in-person meeting is required to get started on your case.

We also have bilingual interpreters for the convenience of our Spanish-speaking clients.

“They handled my case very professionally, with respect from beginning to end.”

-Joseph P., Riddle & Brantley client

We handle pedestrian accident cases across North Carolina, including in:

Since 1985, we’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of pedestrian accidents in North Carolina (see disclaimer below), including:

  • $1,900,000 — We represented a woman who was walking across a parking lot when she was struck by a cement truck and suffered extensive injuries. We brought in an expert accident reconstructionist to prove liability and negotiated a $1.9 million settlement with the insurance company.
  • $1,625,000 — Our attorneys were brought in by an out-of-state law firm when their client was hit by a vehicle while crossing a busy road. The insurance company fought aggressively to deny liability, so we brought in an accident reconstructionist to prove the fault of the driver involved. Ultimately, after proving liability, we negotiated a $1.625 million settlement through mediation.
  • $140,000 — We represented a woman who was hit by a car while crossing on foot at an intersection. She suffered severe injuries, and even lost her job as a result of lost mobility. We proved liability in the case and secured a $140,000 settlement on her behalf.

*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.

There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.

“Every time I’ve needed them, they were there for me."

-Tyronnie T., Riddle & Brantley client

Justice Counts. Don’t wait — call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-525-7111.