Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol have released new details on the recent pedestrian accident in Craven County. The crash occurred on December 6 when three men were walking westbound on Mile Road, west of US 17 near Vanceboro. According to troopers, a pick-up truck operated by a 28-year-old man crossed the center line and hit two of the three men. One of the men died and another was seriously injured. A third man was unharmed. Troopers said the driver hit a culvert and some trees before running away from the scene of the accident.
In North Carolina, motorists are expected to take due care in avoiding collisions with pedestrians. Under North Carolina General Statute § 20-173, “every driver of a vehicle must exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian upon any roadway, and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.” There are additional provisions that apply to cases involving children.
It may be possible for victims of pedestrian accidents or their families to secure damages from the at-fault parties. Our attorneys could investigate the cause of the accident to help establish liability.
A partner and founder at our law firm, Gene Riddle, helped the family of a young man who had been hit by a snow plow. The snow plow’s driver claimed he did not realize he had hit the man and that there were no witnesses to the accident. Not only did Gene prove the snow plow was on the side of the road where the man was killed, he also demonstrated that the impact points on the man’s body were consistent with the blade of a snow plow.
Riddle & Brantley, LLP employs accident reconstruction specialists to help investigate cases for our clients. If you or a loved one were recently harmed in a pedestrian accident, our attorneys could discuss your situation at no cost.