Buford Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
One can hardly turn on the television or surf the Internet without being inundated with messages about obesity, the environment, and health concerns. These issues have motivated an increasing number of people in Buford and throughout the surrounding areas of Georgia to engage in walking, running and jogging. Unfortunately, cities throughout Georgia have repeatedly made lists of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians. While pedestrians are often placed at risk by the conscious disregard of safe driving practices, the failure of public entities to provide safe intersections, pedestrian crossings, roundabouts, center islands and other pedestrian safety measures also may cause pedestrian accidents.
Because pedestrians have absolutely no protection from impact with a motor vehicle, the consequences of such a collision are typically life-changing. The collision between a passenger car built with 3,000 pounds of steel and a human body often causes catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, broken bones and fractures, traumatic brain injury, and loss of limbs which adversely impact every facet of an injury victim’s life. When these types of devastating injuries occur, the accident victim may face monumental medical expenses, the need for long-term supportive or nursing care, and diminished earning capacity. Our experienced Buford pedestrian accident attorneys carefully evaluate the facts to identify all potential defendants and develop a sound, effective strategy to pursue our clients’ injury claims.
Buford Pedestrian Accidents Affecting the Most Vulnerable Victims
In a recent year, pedestrian accident fatality rates increased 4.2 percent from the previous year. Serious pedestrian accidents cause approximately 51,000 injuries and 4,300 fatalities in a typical year. While any pedestrian hit by a car, truck or SUV may be severely injured, certain populations of people are particularly likely to be injured in pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian collision accident victims tend to be children, the elderly and certain minorities.
The highest pedestrian fatality rate involves children under the age of sixteen who may lack the experience and judgment to fully appreciate the risk of a potential pedestrian accident or to accurately estimate speed and distance. Children running into the street to retrieve a dog or toy are often the victims of speeding, distracted or alcohol-impaired drivers. Many times children simply do not look before entering an intersection or may misjudge whether it is safe to do so. Pedestrian accidents also disproportionately impact the lives of the elderly. While those over 65 are less likely to be hit by a motor vehicle, their risk of suffering severe injury or wrongful death is substantially higher. Seniors face triple the risk of dying in a pedestrian-car collision. Black and Hispanic pedestrians also face a higher probability of being hit by a car.
Why Are Pedestrians So Prone to Collisions with Motor Vehicles?
A study called Dangerous by Design, which was prepared by traffic safety experts, found that most roadways and intersections prioritize the safety of motor vehicle occupants. The high risk of pedestrian accidents in many areas is a product of limited investment by public entities in pedestrian safety measures. The report indicates that Buford pedestrian accidents are common because most public entities have invested more in safety for occupants of motor vehicles. The study suggests that pedestrian accidents are more likely to involve the elderly and minorities in low-income areas because their transportation options are more limited since they are less likely to own a car. This means pedestrians in these income-depressed areas must walk to destinations or bus stops.
Pedestrian accidents are often caused, at least in part, by roadway designs that do not provide adequate protections for pedestrians. Middle islands, longer walks, signs, and more crosswalks makes pedestrians safer and can prevent deadly Buford pedestrian accidents. Even when a negligent driver causes a pedestrian accident, the roadway, intersection design, or poorly timed traffic signal may contribute to a serious pedestrian accident. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys may seek damages from the public entity that designed or maintained an unsafe stretch of pedestrian roadway. Legal claims against public entities must comply with the Georgia Tort Claims Act, which has special timing and procedural requirements that must be complied with before you may pursue a lawsuit against a governmental sub-division.
Dangerous Drivers Pose Serious Dangers to Buford Pedestrians
While dangerous intersections and malfunctioning traffic signals may contribute to many pedestrian accidents, negligent driving is the most frequent cause of collisions involving pedestrians. While there are many types of unsafe driving that may result in a car running over a pedestrian, some common unsafe driving practices involved in these cases include:
- Drivers that are speeding, especially in the vicinity of children or near intersections
- Running red lights and stop signs at intersections
- Operating motor vehicles while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Distracted drivers in high pedestrian areas like school zones, parks, and intersections
- Failing to slow down in construction zones
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident in Buford, you may face enormous financial challenges that make it harder to focus your energy and attention on your physical and emotional recovery. Accident victims may recover both pecuniary damages (i.e. economic damages) and non-pecuniary damages for things like pain and suffering that cannot be as easily quantified. Our experienced Buford pedestrian accident attorneys may be able to pursue a multitude of types of damages including:
- Damages for Pecuniary Loss: Loss of wages, cost of vehicle repair, medical costs and rehabilitation expenses, costs of funeral or burial, future diminished earning capacity.
- Non-Pecuniary Loss: Pain and suffering, impaired enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, punitive damages, emotional distress
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Buford 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 Buford 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 at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.