Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Our Atlanta Pedestrian accident attorneys have been representing pedestrians, joggers, rollerbladers and walkers who are injured by unsafe drivers of cars, trucks and tractor-trailers since our law firm was founded nearly three decades ago. When you are walking in a crosswalk and enter the roadway because you have a “walk” sign, you have the right of way so motor vehicle drivers are expected to stop. Unfortunately, drivers who are speeding, drunk or not paying attention may run a stop light and collide with vulnerable pedestrians. Pedestrians lack the protection of motor vehicle occupants, including safety features like air bags, steel cage frames and seatbelts so pedestrian accidents in Atlanta and throughout Georgia are likely to result in severe injuries from which a pedestrian accident victim may never fully recovery.
Anyone who has been faced with the daunting task of crossing the Buford Highway understands the dangers posed to pedestrians. The Georgia Department of Transportation acknowledges that the highway has an eight mile segment that is extremely dangerous to pedestrians. Because crosswalks may be as much as a mile from bus stops along the dangerous segment of roadway, pedestrians often must cross multiple lanes of traffic moving at 45 mph or more with no center islands separating lanes of traffic. This highway that connects Atlanta to Buford is the location of 30 fatal pedestrian accidents per year, and another 250 pedestrians are injured in collisions with motor vehicles along this dangerous stretch of roadway. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently ranked Atlanta as the 3rd most dangerous city in the country for pedestrians.
When you or a family member is hurt in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta, it is important to seek legal advice promptly. Our experienced Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys know that insurance companies aggressively defend pedestrian accident cases because the injuries often are very serious. One of the most common tactics of auto insurance companies is to suggest that the pedestrian and not the driver caused the accident. If you were struck by a motor vehicle while jaywalking, it is almost certainly the case that the insurance company will contend that your violation of law, rather than the conduct of the driver, caused your pedestrian accident injuries. Our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have handled many pedestrian accident cases so we have the experience to anticipate and effectively counter such strategies by auto insurance companies.
While there are many causes of Atlanta pedestrian accidents, some of the most common include the following:
- Drivers whose mental and/or physical faculties are impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Speeding particularly in high pedestrian traffic areas
- Tired or fatigued drivers
- Roads without pedestrian safety features like longer lights, middle islands and frequent crosswalks
- Drivers rushing through intersections to “beat the light”
- Poorly designed pedestrian crossings
- Using cell phones to call or text particularly around intersections, school zones, bus stops and commercial businesses
Although many types of pedestrian accidents are caused by unsafe driving, the failure of public entities to design roadways and intersections with pedestrians in mind also plays a significant role in causing pedestrian accidents in Atlanta. When the unsafe design or maintenance of the road contributes to a pedestrian accident, an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer may also pursue a legal claim against the appropriate public entity. Because public entities have sovereign immunity, there are special procedures and timing requirements that must be met when suing a municipality or other government entity for injuries suffered in an Atlanta pedestrian accident. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates may be able to guide you through these special requirements so that you do not undermine your Atlanta pedestrian accident claim.
Pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles in Atlanta often suffer severe injuries including bone crush injuries, head trauma, injury to the spinal cord, loss of extremities and other permanent injuries that may mean permanent impairment of one’s mental and physical capacities. Some pedestrian accidents result in the tragic death of a loved one. When these types of life-altering consequences are caused by a pedestrian accident in Atlanta, our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to seek a broad spectrum of damages including:
- Replacement for lost past income
- Future disability from employment
- Compensation for disfigurement
- Hospitalization and other treatment costs
- Diminished enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Lost services and companionship of a spouse
- Burial related expenses
The Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys at our Atlanta law firm understand how incapacitating intense pain or extreme emotional distress can be when you are recovering from injuries caused by a negligent driver who is too busy texting to watch for pedestrians crossing the street. Our goal is to seek the best possible outcome for our clients so that they have the financial resources to preserve the highest quality of life.
Know your legal rights! If you or someone close to you has been injured by the negligence of a third party in an Atlanta pedestrian accident, our experienced Atlanta pedestrian attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to seeking the best possible outcome for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Atlanta pedestrian accident claim. 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.