North Carolina Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck By Ford Fusion In Charlotte

July 10, 2007, by Michael A. DeMayo

A 25-year-old female pedestrian was declared dead at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say that Lavonda Gibson sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a Ford Fusion while crossing South Tryon Street.

The Ford’s driver, Nicholas Fratantonio, age 22, was not hurt in the motor vehicle collision.

The University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center says there are about 2,200 motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in North Carolina every year. About 500 pedestrians are injured in these accidents, while 150 to 200 people are killed.

If you are a pedestrian that has been injured in a traffic accident, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim if another party’s negligence caused your accident.

Common kinds of pedestrian accidents that are caused by driver negligence:

• The car, truck, motorcycle, or SUV driver was not paying attention to the road and did not notice the pedestrian.
• The driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he or she struck a pedestrian.
• The driver was driving above the speed limit and could not stop in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
• The driver did not see and/or did not stop at the pedestrian crossing/at a red light.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can investigate your case and help you recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. Your personal injury attorney can also determine who was at-fault.

The NHTSA says that 64,000 pedestrians sustained injuries in traffic collisions in 2005. It also says that at least one pedestrian is injured in a traffic crash every eight minutes.

Pedestrian killed on South Tryon, The Charlotte Observer, July 8, 2007

North Carolina Pedestrian Crash Statistics, The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center

2005 Data: Pedestrians, National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration

Related Web Resources:

National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration

Adult Pedestrians


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