Macon Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Zealous Advocates for Pedestrian Accident Victims – Macon Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Whether you are struck by a motorist who is busy texting on a cell phone or your child is hit by a car while walking to school, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Macon pedestrian accident attorney at Montlick and Associates so that they can review the facts and evaluate your legal options. When motor vehicles slam into pedestrians, these types of collision often result in the most serious type of collision-related injuries. Without the benefits of the protection provided by the hard metallic enclosure of the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle, the risk of broken bones, compound fractures, spinal injuries, brain damage and loss of limbs is so much greater for pedestrians. The human body is simply not designed to withstand impact with a motor vehicle.
When you or a loved one experiences these types of severe disabling injuries, spiraling medical bills and prolonged periods of disability can cause financial hardships that distract accident victims from focusing on their physical and emotional recovery. If the pedestrian injury victim is responsible for a significant portion of household income, financial hardships will be felt by the entire family. Although a personal injury or wrongful death claim can provide necessary compensation for pedestrians who suffer injury and their families, insurance companies utilize a wide range of strategies to derail such claims for financial recovery. Because young children are more likely than older people to be hit by a car, insurance companies routinely blame child victims for causing their own injuries. Insurance companies frequently contend that a child pedestrian darted into traffic, so their insured have no way to avoid the collision. Our Macon pedestrian accident lawyers are used to these tactics and zealously fight for the rights of our clients.
Macon Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Provide Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I pursue financial compensation under Georgia pedestrian accident laws if I was jaywalking when I was run down by a vehicle?
While crossing the street outside a crosswalk in the middle of a block might constitute "comparative negligence," this does not necessarily preclude you from recovering damages. If the judge or jury determines that you are partially responsible for causing your own injuries, any recovery might be reduced in proportion to the percentage of fault assigned to you for causing your own injuries. Under Georgia's negligence laws, a pedestrian injury victim will be barred from any recovery if the judge or jury finds the pedestrian fifty percent or more at-fault.
Do drivers own any higher degree of care to pedestrians?
While both drivers and pedestrians generally owe a duty or ordinary care, the duty imposed on drivers of motor vehicles is higher because the failure to drive safely poses a more significant risk of injury to other people.
What are some of the most common forms of negligent driving that cause Macon pedestrian accidents?
While any driver that is not paying attention, obeying the rules of the road or driving in a prudent manner might strike a pedestrian, some of the most common types of driving conduct that lead to pedestrian accidents include:
- Fatigued and drowsy driving
- Failing to yield
- Multi-tasking (i.e. distracted driving)
- Entering a crosswalk without stopping at a stop sign or traffic light
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Failing to drive at a safe speed
What types of financial compensation can be sought in a Macon pedestrian accident lawsuit or insurance claim?
Although the specific damages recoverable will depend on the circumstances of the accident, there are several types of damages that might be awarded, such as:
- Costs of medical treatment
- Lost income (past, present and future)
- Emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Impaired quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Wrongful death damages (burial/funeral)
- Punitive damages
Pursuing the Compensation Injured Pedestrians and Their Families Deserve for Over Than 30 Years
If you or your loved one suffers serious injury or a loved one dies in a pedestrian accident, we invite you to call us for a free consultation today. No matter where you are located, our Macon pedestrian accident lawyers 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 (1-800-523-6333). You also can visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.