Pedestrian/Bicycle Collisions

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North Carolina Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Struck by a Car in North Carolina?

We are familiar with the serious and permanent injuries associated with bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. In addition, we know compensation for those injuries is not automatic. The negligent driver and their insurance company will typically try to escape responsibility by trying to blame the victim.

Maynard & Harris Attorneys at Law, PLLC, has obtained verdicts and settlements for clients who were struck by cars in a bicycle or pedestrian accident. Our personal injury lawyers take cases in the Winston-Salem area and surrounding counties. Contact us immediately for a free initial consultation if you or your child was injured.

Demonstrating Fault of the Driver Who Hit You

North Carolina is a contributory negligence state — the defense can avoid paying full damages by claiming that the victim was partially at fault. Our attorneys work to prove that it was the auto driver who was inattentive, speeding, drunk or violating traffic laws.

If there is severe injury (head trauma, spinal cord injury, amputation, broken limbs), we get professional investigators to the scene as quickly as possible to preserve evidence. Using photos of the vehicles, skid marks, impact marks, glass and debris, as well as witness statements, we reconstruct the accident to prove the negligence of the driver.

Bike Accidents and Pedestrian Injuries to Children

Under state law, a child age 6 or under cannot be found negligent, and for children 7 to 13 there is what is known as a rebuttable presumption that they were not negligent. In other words, a very young child cannot be denied damages for getting run over, and the defense must have solid proof that the actions of an older child made the collision unavoidable.

Maximizing Compensation

Trial lawyers Doug Maynard and Celeste Harris have more than 45 years of combined legal experience, including handling a number of bicycle and pedestrian accident cases. Their experience as a former insurance adjuster and former nurse (respectively) gives us insight into how damages should accurately be determined, what sort of damages our clients can reasonably expect and how insurance companies handle matters like these. By preparing each case as if it will go to trial, we make sure that settlements cover medical bills, future care, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and any permanent disability.

If there was a bicycle accident or a family member on foot was hit by a car, call us immediately at 336-793-1758 (Winston-Salem) or 866-912-8731 (toll free). You can also contact us online. We handle injury matters on a contingency fee basis - we take no attorney fees unless we secure compensation for you.

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