Many people hardly notice when pedestrians cross the street as they head off to school, to their workplace, or to a nearby store. Unfortunately, this common scene can turn from ordinary to horrific when a pedestrian is suddenly run down by a speeding motor vehicle in Austell. Pedestrian accident victims in Austell frequently spend hours, days, or even years in a hospital or nursing care facility because of the severity of the injuries experienced by those hit by cars. The risk of suffering a fatality or catastrophic injury is extremely high when a pedestrian is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. Pedestrian accidents by their nature are rarely ‘minor’ in character and often result in injuries that cause permanent impairment of perception, sensation, mobility and/or cognitive functions. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that vehicle crashes claim the lives of thirteen pedestrians each day which amounts to one every 107 minutes.
Why Do Austell Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Collisions Occur?
Pedestrian accidents in Austell can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from poorly designed intersections to careless driving. Driver inattentiveness may be due to activities like answering a ringing phone, eating or drinking while driving, changing the frequency of a radio, or attending to some other task. Fatal pedestrian accidents also result from marginal public safety planning by public entities in the construction of roads and highways in Georgia. Sometimes the design of an intersection or obstructed visibility in the vicinity of curves can contribute to a fatal Austell pedestrian accident. At Montlick and Associates, our Austell pedestrian accident attorneys have been staunch advocates for pedestrians for close to three decades so we provide representation in many pedestrian accidents, including those caused by the factors listed below:
- Collisions caused by drunken driving or driving under the influence of drugs
- Pedestrian collisions caused by inattentive drivers (distracted driving)
- Aggressive drivers trying to beat red lights or stop signs
- Driving at a rate exceeding the speed limit
- Vehicles that are poorly maintained or defective
- Improperly designed roads and highways
- Lack of maintenance of traffic signals, warning signs and roadways
While pedestrian accidents in Austell can impact anyone who walks or runs, there is a wealth of statistical evidence that children and the elderly are the most common pedestrian accident victims. Children sometimes run into the street in pursuit of a playmate, a pet, or toy. Children also have less experience with evaluating rates of speed, closing distance, and time-distance relationships. The elderly are less mobile so they may be less able to evade a vehicle even at low rates of speed. Further, elderly pedestrian accident victims are the most likely demographic group to suffer long-term disability because their bodies may not heal as quickly or fully as those of young people.
The risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident is never something to be taken lightly because of the risk of having one’s entire future life experiences impacted. The emotional and physical consequences of a pedestrian collision can completely derail one’s life. However, our Austell pedestrian accident law firm has a reputation for zealously pursuing our clients’ interest and not hesitating to take a case to trial if appropriate. We trade on this reputation in pressuring insurance carriers to offer our clients full financial compensation for their losses. If you are injured or have lost your loved one in an Austell pedestrian accident, we represent our clients with tenacity so that we maximize our clients’ recovery. Every pedestrian accident case is unique so it is impossible to determine the precise recovery that you should expect, but we may be able to seek some or all of the following forms of damages:
- The expenses for medical treatment
- The equivalent of the salary and earnings you lost
- The amount you paid for the repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Compensation for the pain and suffering that you were forced to endure
- Damages for companionship and affection of a spouse
- The expenses for funeral and burial costs in an action for wrongful death
- Punitive damages and any other damages to which you are entitled under the law
While we recognize that an Austell pedestrian accident can disrupt your daily life and cause you sleepless nights, extreme anxiety, and intense prolonged pain, we invite you to call us and take solace in the fact we have helped many people just like you reclaim their lives and future. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Austell pedestrian accident lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Austell pedestrian accident attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.