This is especially needed on North Carolina’s coast and Outer Banks, where pedestrian traffic is so heavy.
Elizabeth City, N.C. (PRWEB) November 09, 2012
The recently launched “Watch For Me NC” campaign – which brings together transportation officials, university researchers and law enforcement groups – is a positive step towards reducing the number of pedestrians struck and injured by motor vehicles, says Eastern North Carolina injury lawyer Danny Glover Jr.
Each year, more than 2,200 people in North Carolina are hit by vehicles, with most of those accidents occurring at crosswalks, roadsides, bus stops and parking lots, according to “Watch for Me NC.” The campaign seeks to raise public awareness of the problem and, in turn, lower the number of victims.
“This is a great effort and one that is badly needed,” says Glover, whose Eastern North Carolina personal injury law firm, Teague & Glover, P.A., represents people hurt and killed in pedestrian and bicycle accidents throughout Northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks. “Unfortunately, at our firm, we see the tragic consequences when people walking or riding bicycles are struck by cars.”
“Watch for Me NC” is a collaboration between a variety of organizations, including the N.C. Department of Transportation, UNC Highway Safety Research Center, NCSU Institute for Transportation Research and Education, area universities, and local planning, engineering, transportation and police departments. The push involves safety messages for drivers and pedestrians, educational programs and beefed-up enforcement of pedestrian safety laws by area police.
The “Watch for Me NC” campaign was launched in the Triangle area of North Carolina, which annually ranks as one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians, and has plans to eventually spread statewide.
“This is especially needed on North Carolina’s coast and Outer Banks, where pedestrian traffic is so heavy,” Glover says. “Sometimes, the pedestrian is at fault for wandering into a roadway or trying to cross a street without looking for traffic. But in the majority of cases, the motorist is at fault. The driver is speeding, not paying attention or fails to yield the right of way.”
According to “Watch for Me NC,” other common causes of pedestrian accidents include driving while drinking or using drugs, driving while distracted, running red lights and stop signs and making illegal turns at intersections. In such collisions, the pedestrian has much to lose. A person struck by a vehicle traveling 40 mph or higher has an 85 percent chance of dying, the campaign says.
Meanwhile, Teague & Glover is doing its part by offering free consultations to pedestrians and bicycle riders who are in an accident with a vehicle, Glover says.
“A person struck by a car while walking or riding a bicycle should contact an experienced attorney immediately,” says Glover. “There are strict time deadlines for bringing a claim for compensation. It’s important to take action and locate insurance coverage and get the money that that victim needs to cover their medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering.”
About Teague & Glover, P.A.
Teague & Glover, P.A., is an Elizabeth City personal injury and criminal defense law firm with deep roots in Elizabeth City and the surrounding region. The firm serves personal injury and wrongful death clients throughout Northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks, including Edenton, Hertford, Camden, Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Duck, Corolla and areas in Pasquotank, Camden, Dare, Currituck, Perquimans, Chowan and Gates counties. The firm’s practice areas include bicycle accidents, car accidents, catastrophic injuries, dog bites, health insurance claims, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, pedestrian accidents, reckless driving, truck accidents, vehicle accidents and wrongful death. The firm’s office is located at 408 E. Colonial Avenue, Elizabeth City, N.C., 27909. To learn more about the firm, call (252) 335-0878 or use the firm’s online contact form.