For most of us, crossing the street seems like a mundane and uneventful activity. Walking is considered such a routine matter that most Barnesville residents never contemplate the potential risks involved in walking for exercise or to travel to the nearest store. Even parents may fail to contemplate the potential danger when their children walk to school. Whenever a car, truck, SUV, or other vehicle strikes a person walking in Barnesville, it is very likely that the pedestrian accident victim will sustain life-changing or even fatal injuries. The phrase “insignificant pedestrian accident” is self-contradictory because the human body is no match for tons of metal moving at speeds that are appropriate for travel on freeways or even residential streets. Each year, fatal pedestrian accidents cause the death of more than four thousand people and inflict injuries to almost sixty thousand more.
Knowing the Causes of Barnesville Pedestrian Accidents
Even though reckless or imprudent drivers are the predominant factor in most pedestrian accidents, they are not the sole culprits. Many pedestrian accidents are caused by the unsafe design of roadways, lack of pedestrian safety measures, or the failure to repair traffic signals. They can also be caused by defects in motor vehicles, which prevent drivers from stopping their vehicle in time to prevent colliding with a pedestrian.
Poor pedestrian safety planning of roads and highways in Georgia has made national news for its role in causing fatal pedestrian accidents. Because of the role played by public entities in causing many accidents involving cars that hit pedestrians, you should seek out a pedestrian accident law firm that has experience with the special procedural and timing requirements involved when pursuing a claim against a municipality or the State of Georgia. Georgia cities have consistently made the lists of the most hazardous cities in America for pedestrians. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Barnesville pedestrian accident attorneys have taken on governmental entities and understand the important challenges that are involved when suing a state, county or local government entity.
There are as many causes of pedestrian accidents as there are types of careless driving or other forms of negligence that may cause a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, but some of the more common causes include:
- Drivers under the influence of liquor or drugs
- Pedestrians struck by distracted drivers
- Drivers that ignore red lights and stop or yield signs
- Pedestrians run down by speeding drivers
- Road design and construction that does not give sufficient consideration to pedestrian safety
- Failure to perform proper inspections and maintenance on buses and other public transit vehicles
- Defective motor vehicles
While any person who walks, jogs, or runs in Barnesville can fall victim to a pedestrian accident, the most common casualties are children and the elderly. Due to their relative degree of inexperience and lack of maturity, children under the age of 15 make up forty percent of pedestrian accident victims. Kids are more likely to make miscalculations or engage in conduct that places them in the path of a motor vehicle. According to scientific research, this increased risk is partly due to the fact that children are unable to accurately determine distance and speed. Common examples include pedestrian accidents involving children that follow a ball or pet into the street. Because the elderly may be less mobile and take longer to cross the street, they are also the victims of pedestrian accidents on a disproportionate basis.
Pedestrian accidents in Barnesville can cause severe physical injury and extreme emotional anguish. These accidents frequently cause injuries with permanent effects like brain damage, spinal injuries, and serious damage to vital organs. Our long tenure and track record for obtaining favorable verdicts for our pedestrian clients mean that insurance companies must consider the risk of a substantial verdict in deciding what to offer as a settlement of your Barnesville pedestrian accident claim. We know that diligent preparation for a trial is the best way to motivate insurance companies to offer fair settlement of a pedestrian accident claim. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident in Barnesville, we may be able to help you obtain financial compensation including the following:
- Cost of hospitalization and treatment
- Loss in income
- Costs associated with repairing or replacing your vehicle
- Disability and disfigurement
- Mental anguish and pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral/Burial costs
- Punitive damages
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Barnesville 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 a FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Barnesville 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 a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website, www.montlick.com, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.