An accident with a vehicle can leave a pedestrian with severe personal injuries that may even be life-altering. If you or a loved one experienced an accident as a pedestrian, then you may qualify for financial compensation for your medical expenses and other recoverable losses.
A Carrollton pedestrian accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to defend your position. We can work to establish a liable party and hold them accountable for their wrongdoing. Our team will gather pertinent forms of evidence, communicate with other parties connected to your case, and pursue any forms of financial compensation owed to you.
Our Lawyers Will Defend Your Rights as a Pedestrian
For its size, Carrollton has one of the highest pedestrian accident and pedestrian fatality rates in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). If you were involved in an accident as a pedestrian on United States Route 27, State Route 166, or anywhere else in the Carrollton area, it is helpful to know that you have rights and you may be able to pursue a claim.
Most states, including Georgia, have specific laws that apply to pedestrians, which seek to reduce the number of accidents that drivers cause for those traveling on foot. For example, as O.C.G.A. § 40-6-91 notes, drivers owe pedestrians the right of way when crossing a roadway within a crosswalk. Even if a driver believes they can safely pass a pedestrian, they may not try to squeeze around them if the pedestrian already entered the crosswalk.
As Georgia law dictates, there are other traffic rules that those behind the wheel of a motor vehicle must follow to maintain the safety of pedestrians. If a driver caused your accident, then our attorneys may reference these laws and others as they seek to establish a liable party. Examples of driver negligence include:
- Driving distracted (including texting and driving)
- Driving drunk
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Failing to yield
- Road rage
- Improper turns
- Failing to maintain lane position (entering into a pedestrian/bicycle lane or onto the sidewalk)
Other Pedestrian Accident Causes
Not all pedestrian accidents result from the actions of a negligent driver. Sometimes, other issues can contribute to pedestrian injuries, including:
- Vehicle defects, such as faulty tires, airbags, or brakes
- Broken or obstructed traffic lights or signs
- Cracked and broken sidewalks
Dangerous road or intersection design
A Carrollton pedestrian accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can analyze the details of your circumstances and work to provide legal options for you and your loved ones. We can pursue awards from all those liable, including government entities or manufacturers.
Our team of lawyers can stand with you through the process of your case. We aim to defend our clients’ rights through negotiations with insurance companies, and we can do so in a trial if needed. To learn more about how someone from our team can help you after a pedestrian accident, contact our office today.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Carrollton, call (404) 888-8888
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Our Attorneys Will Examine Evidence and Establish a Liable Party
To pursue any forms of financial compensation owed to you, our lawyers will first aim to establish a liable party. Several complex factors can either contribute to or detract from another party’s liability in an accident. To analyze the details of an accident, we will begin a thorough evidence-gathering investigation. Our team may collect various forms of evidence, including the following:
- Video footage from nearby surveillance cameras and dashboard cameras
- Photographic evidence
- Eyewitness statements from interviews
- Police reports
- Driver records and cellphone records
- Medical records
- Data from the scene of your accident
- Crash reconstruction reports
Our lawyers will scrutinize these forms of evidence and others as they identify a liable party. They will also look at any federal, state, and local laws that may bear relevance to the outcome of your case. By using a combination of methods, your legal representation will fight to establish liability and pursue justice on your behalf.
Georgia Accident Reporting
According to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-273, you must report accidents resulting in personal injury, wrongful death, or property damages of more than $500 to local law enforcement authorities. When an individual fails to report an accident, they may face severe legal consequences, such as fines and jail time.
If an accident involving a pedestrian caused injury or significant damage, these accidents still require timely and accurate reporting to local law enforcement authorities. The report establishes the facts of your accident and is an important piece of case evidence. If law enforcement was not present at the time of the incident, make sure you contact the Carrollton Police Department about filing a report as soon as you are able.
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We Will Pursue Financial Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries and Other Damages
Injuries caused by pedestrian accidents can be severe. With no protective measures to offset the force of a collision, pedestrians may experience any of the following:
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries (whiplash)
- Back and shoulder injuries
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
These injuries may require emergency medical intervention. Some injuries may even require years of treatment and therapy, and the costs can add up quickly. The financial strain of lost wages can compound your expenses. Our Carrollton pedestrian accident lawyers can help you seek compensation for:
- Medical Treatment, including all past and future accident-related medical needs, such as hospitalizations, surgeries, medications and mobility aids, physical therapy, and long-term nursing services
- Lost Wages, including bonuses, tips, and benefits, and loss of your future earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- Pain and Suffering, including monetary awards for depression, anxiety, chronic pain, permanent and disabling injuries, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life
- Various Accident-related Expenses, including home and vehicle modifications, medical travel expenses, household services, and the value of any personal property damaged during your accident
Pedestrian Accident Fatalities
According to GDOT, more than 17 percent of all traffic fatalities in Georgia in 2021 were pedestrians. If your loved one suffered a fatal accident due to another party’s negligence, you can seek compensation for their wrongful death.
You may recover the cost of your loved one’s accident-related medical care, funeral and burial expenses, and lost wages (including wages they would have earned had they lived). Surviving family members may also qualify for awards for their loss of consortium or parental support and guidance.
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Let Our Carrollton Lawyers Handle Your Claim or Lawsuit
When another party causes your injuries, you should not have to cover the financial burden of paying for your medical treatments. Our lawyers can fight to recover compensation for you and your family.
Our attorneys will negotiate with the driver’s insurance company to agree on a settlement. Car insurance companies may work to deny your claim and suggest some form of responsibility on your part. Negotiating with an insurance provider to receive a fair settlement can require a careful presentation of evidence from your case. Our lawyers can take care of these negotiations on your behalf and keep you updated as your case progresses.
If necessary, we will take legal action on your behalf. We will not back down from representing you at trial to secure fair awards from a liable party or bad-faith insurance company.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, a Carrollton pedestrian accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to defend you. Our team can work through the legal details while you take the time to heal.
You have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Georgia. According to OCGA §9-3-33, you generally have two years to do so. We recommend speaking with a Carrollton pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as you can after the accident to get started with your case. We can represent you on contingency, meaning we will charge you nothing upfront or out of pocket.
Contact us today to learn more during a free consultation.
Office InformationAddress Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
228 Bankhead Hwy
Carrollton, GA 30117