The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that in 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed and 66,000 were injured in the United States as a result of traffic crashes. Per NHTSA’s calculations that equates to a pedestrian killed every two hours, and a pedestrian being injured every eight minutes.Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Atlanta, like any other major U.S. city, is filled with pedestrians going to and from work, school, shops, restaurants, and a variety of other businesses and locations. Unfortunately, this creates a high risk for a pedestrian accident, which could result in severe injuries and possibly death.
If you have been a victim in a pedestrian accident, contact our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers for a free legal consultation. We can review your situation to find out if your injuries were caused by the negligence of another person. If so, we may be able to file a legal claim to obtain fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we are able to recover for you.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents in Atlanta include:
- Failing to stop or failing to yield at an intersection or stop sign
- Distracted Driving (texting, eating, etc.)
- Intoxicated Driving
- Inexperienced Driver
- Bad road conditions (defective lights, debris, and more.)
- Pedestrian Negligence (jaywalking, crossing road without looking)
The injuries suffered by pedestrians are often catastrophic, and unfortunately in many instances can fatal. Cars are made up of thousands of pounds and metal and steel, and even accidents that occur at a low rate of speed often result in life-changing injuries. Some of these injuries can include:
- Broken bones;
- Torn ligaments and damage to joints;
- Head trauma, including concussions or brain injuries;
- Brain injury
In most circumstances, personal injury suits are filed against drivers under a theory of negligence. Under Georgia law, there are three essential elements that a plaintiff must prove in order to recover damages in a personal injury cause of action. These elements are:
- Duty: It must be shown that the at-fault driver had a duty to follow traffic laws or the “rules of the road”.
- Breach: The at-fault driver breached their duty to operate their vehicle in a safe manner, or “failed to exercise ordinary care”; and
- Causation: As a result of the at-fault driver’s breach of duty, the pedestrian suffered serious injuries or death.
Georgia follows the comparative fault doctrine which states even if a plaintiff is partially at fault in contributing to the accident, he or she can still recover damages so long as they are not found 50% or more at fault for the accident. The amount of damages that a plaintiff recovers will be reduced by the portion of fault apportioned to him or her.Contact Finch McCranie LLP Today for a Free Consultation
Pedestrian accidents occur in Atlanta far too often, and in many cases result in life-changing injuries or death. If you or a loved has been injured or killed as a pedestrian due to the fault of another, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us today online or call us at (404) 658-9070 to set up your free consultation. Our attorneys have been in practice for over 50 years and have the experience you need to get the results you deserve.