Georgia Accident Attorneys Answer Questions about Atlanta Pedestrian Accidents
With extended periods of warm weather and plenty of gorgeous places to visit, it is not surprising that many people frequent Georgia's streets on a daily basis. However, this has caused an alarming increase in the number of pedestrian related accidents within the State and across the nation as a whole. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4,700 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured, in 2012. This amounts to a crash-related pedestrian death (approximately) every two hours, and a pedestrian injury every seven minutes.
As experienced Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys for over 35 years, we have met with prospective clients who face significant challenges uncertainty after being seriously injured in a pedestrian-related accident. Specifically, their lives changed in a matter of seconds after they were struck. As a result, they are forced to deal with painful medical treatments, loss of income, and uncertainty about the necessary next steps. To help educate you about your legal rights and options, we have compiled the following list of the most frequently asked questions, or FAQs, that are regularly posed by individuals considering hiring an attorney:
How does a Georgia attorney help determine who is at fault for my accident?
A skilled Georgia Personal Injury Attorney can gather all of the applicable evidence in your case to determine what happened and who is at fault. Many times, pedestrians sustain severe injuries, yet are unaware as to how the accident occurred because of the trauma of the event. In the case of a pedestrian related fatality, it can be even more challenging to determine causation since the offending driver may have a story that differs from reality. Accordingly, an experienced attorney is in the best position to investigate the facts of your case and help you or your loved ones fight for their rights.
What is the applicable law in Georgia for pedestrian related accident cases?
Georgia is considered a comparative negligence state with regard to automobile and pedestrian related accidents. What this means is that the amount of damages you may receive will be lessened by your percentage of fault. If you were less than 50% at fault for an accident, then you can recover the amount of damages awarded by a court (or whatever amount is agreed to in a settlement0, minus the percentage that was allocated as your responsibility (as long as it is less than 50%). However, if you are responsible for over 50% of the damages, then you cannot recover any compensation.
Can an accident reconstructionist help my Georgia Car Accident case?
Absolutely. He or she can determine how fast the vehicle was going when it struck you, the direction in which it was coming, and other important information. These experts also can examine the vehicle involved in the crash and compare it to the injuries that you sustained. Essentially, accident reconstructionists can play a vital role in helping you determine causation in your case.
If I was partially at fault, can I still recover?
As noted above, you can recover even if you were partially at fault in causing your accident; however, it has to be less than 50%. An experienced Georgia Car Accident Attorney can help you even if you partially caused your accident, as they have the skills necessary to assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Do I need an attorney?
If you were injured in a pedestrian related accident in Georgia, it is crucial to speak with an experienced attorney. Only an attorney can answer all of your questions, advise you of your legal options, and educate you as to the scope of your rights and responsibilities, as well as the various time deadlines that must be complied with to not lose your rights to recover. Moreover, an experienced attorney understands the laws and can help you make well informed decisions in your case.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
The Atlanta lawyers at Montlick & Associates' goal has always been to be the best personal injury attorneys in the nation. In fact, we have been successfully representing those who suffer serious injuries from pedestrian-related accidents located throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
Wherever you are located, our dedicated team of attorneys is 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.