Hit By Car Accident Injury Attorneys in Georgia
Georgia Pedestrian Accidents Laws
Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable individuals to other vehicles. In Georgia, you will find tens of thousands of people walking down the street in both urban and rural areas, and walking is the preferable form of transportation for many people. While bicyclists, motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers alike are all at risk for being involved in an accident, the consequences for a pedestrian can be much worse. A pedestrian does not have a helmet, a shell, or any other protective gear to limit the impact and damage caused by a collision with an average 4,000 lb. vehicle. As such, it is not surprising that many pedestrian accidents result in permanent injuries and tragic death.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Georgia
A pedestrian accident can be caused in the same way as any motor vehicle accident. Potential causes of pedestrian accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian who is walking across the street;
- Driver inattention, including texting or posting to social media sites, watching a video, talking on the phone, or simply failing to otherwise keep eyes on the roadway;
- Distracted driving of any kind;
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Running a red light or failing to stop at a stop sign; and
- Turning without signaling.
There are some situations where a pedestrian may not be paying attention and walks across the street without looking. However, a driver or any motorist can sometimes be in a better position to see a pedestrian and make attempts to avoid striking him or her. In such cases, it can be much easier for a driver to avoid an accident than a pedestrian. Any person who may be at fault for causing a pedestrian accident can normally be held liable for the injuries suffered by the pedestrian as well as the financial cost associated with those injuries.
Common Injuries Suffered by Georgia Pedestrian Accident Victims
As briefly stated above, pedestrians do not normally wear protective gear to shield themselves from an accident. As such, pedestrians suffer a variety of accidents that range in severity. Such injuries include the following:
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), some of which may be permanent;
- Broken, fractured, or shattered bones that may require placement of screws and other surgical equipment;
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries potentially leading to partial or complete paralysis;
- Soft tissue injuries, such as torn muscles, gashes and open wounds, as well as damaged tendons, ligaments and cartilage;
- Damage to internal organs and or internal bleeding;
- Any other injuries requiring surgical treatment; and
Needless to say, these injuries can be costly. The physical pain and suffering, the mental anguish, and the inability to return to work, possibly indefinitely, are all a few of the costs associated with pedestrian accident injuries. The inability of a victim to work as well as the responsibility to pay for expensive medical care when coupled with physical limitations can be daunting, but our attorneys help our clients through these tough times every day.
Why it is Important to Speak with a Georgia Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrians may not know that their own auto insurance policies may provide additional insurance for their own injuries associated with a pedestrian accident. Moreover, at-fault drivers in pedestrian accidents have a tendency to blame the victims for the accident in order to avoid criminal liability. However, our attorneys at Montlick and Associates know how serious such accidents can be, involving serious injuries that result costly medical care, lost income, disability, Pain and Suffering and other drastic changes to an injured victim’s life. We work hard on behalf of each injured client to identify all potential avenues of monetary recovery in order to maximize the value of our clients’ cases under the law. In the appropriate cases, we also investigate accident scenes, acquire important evidence, interview witnesses to prove our clients’ claims.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 38 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 38 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Our personal injury lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia are here to advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.
No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law
17 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: 1 (800) LAW-NEED
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