The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was called to the scene just after the incident took place. Officials report that an unidentified male pedestrian was crossing the street when he was hit by an unknown vehicle. The pedestrian was seriously hurt in the crash. Medical personnel administered aid at the scene but their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful as the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries. There is no word on whether the driver remained at the scene. Police have not identified the driver involved or released information on the cause of the crash. No additional injuries have been reported at this time.
The crash caused Monroe Road to close in both directions while officers and investigators worked at the scene. Authorities have not said whether charges will be filed as a result of the crash. No further details are available.
We offer our condolences to the victim’s family following this tragic pedestrian crash in Charlotte.
Pedestrian Accidents in North Carolina
According to statistics issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents is on the rise. In 2018, there were 225 reported fatalities due to pedestrian accidents in North Carolina. This number represented a 12.5% increase in pedestrian fatalities when compared with 2017. The dangers of pedestrian accidents are certainly well known and pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when they are struck by vehicles. This point is supported by the fact that 9.2% of all pedestrians involved in crashes lost their lives in the accident. In addition to this number, there are many more who suffer serious injuries as a result of these collisions.
A negative outcome is, unfortunately, quite common with a North Carolina pedestrian accident. However, just because the crash itself was severe does not mean that you should have to suffer in the long term. Injured pedestrians and their families have important and valuable legal rights in many cases. For example, where a motorist is at fault for the accident, the pedestrian or their family may be entitled to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. These claims ask for the recovery of compensation due to pain and suffering caused by the crash, medical bills, lost wages, punitive damages, and more. Immediately after the accident, it is important to obtain the help of a skilled and experienced lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are fully protected.
At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina pedestrian accident lawyer Jason M. Burton is here to help when you have been affected by a serious crash. During this time, you should be focused on moving forward following the accident and not having to worry about the legal details. We will help relieve some of the burdens so that you can focus on your family during this difficult time.
We offer free consultations and case evaluations to all potential clients. To speak with us at any time, please give us a call at (833) 623-0042.