A recent spate of pedestrian accident outside of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools has underscored the necessity of contacting a Charlotte personal injury attorney whenever one sustains an injury in an accident, especially if one was a pedestrian, bicyclist, or particularly vulnerable in any way.
The most recent incident occurred near David W. Butler High School in Matthews where a male student was struck by a vehicle and had to be taken to an area hospital. According to MEDIC, the teen did suffer an injury, but it did not appear to be life-threatening. Police reports indicate that the boy was walking along the shoulder and inadvertently stepped out into traffic. He was hit by a vehicle that knocked him backwards. Authorities say that the driver remained on the scene of the accident and will not face any charges.
Over the past month, Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools have seen two other pedestrian incidents besides the one in Matthews. Outside of Garinger High School, a female student lost her life after being hit by a car. In addition, a student at West Charlotte High sustained a critical injury when struck by a vehicle.
Obviously, pedestrians are particularly susceptible to injury if they are hit by a motor vehicle because they are so vulnerable and totally unprotected. Any contact from a car or other vehicle will most likely result in a serious or life-threatening injury, or tragically, it can result in death as in the case of Brittany Palmer at Garinger High School. And because a pedestrian accident can so often result in a head or brain injury, not only can it be serious, but it can often go misdiagnosed by emergency room medical personal who may be more focused on suturing lacerations and setting broken bones.
Consequently, if you have been involved in any accident in Charlotte in which you sustained injury, it is absolutely essential that you contact a Charlotte personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney who as experience with accidents of your kind knows how to make sure that you get all of the necessary diagnostic tests so that the presence and extent of any injury or injuries that you may have can be determined. Your Charlotte personal injury attorney will also see to it that you are able to get the medical care necessary to recover to the fullest extent possible from your injury.
When someone else causes you an injury in an accident, you are entitled to compensation. However, that compensation is not always as forthcoming or as much as justice would demand. A Charlotte personal injury attorney will determine and pursue whats appropriate for you.