The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 36,560 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2018, including 6,283 pedestrians. This was the highest pedestrian death count in almost three decades. Though they can happen anywhere, pedestrian accidents usually occur in the evenings and are common in heavily populated areas.
If you suffered injuries in a vehicle collision as a pedestrian, the Norcross pedestrian accident lawyers with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help. You could qualify for damages, and we may be able to help you claim them.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Norcross
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that pedestrians are 1.5 times as likely as the occupant of a vehicle to suffer fatal injuries in a collision. Pedestrians have little if any protection and can be catastrophically injured in an accident. Injuries commonly seen in pedestrian accidents include:
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
Medical treatments, even for minor injuries, can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars in the United States. For pedestrians who suffer life-threatening or long-term injuries, an accident may cost even more—particularly if a victim cannot return to work for a substantial amount of time due to recovery.
A Norcross pedestrian accident lawyer can help you determine which types of damages you have grounds to pursue based on your accident.
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Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Norcross
Many pedestrian accidents result from driver inattention on the road. They can also happen if a driver’s view is obstructed. Pedestrians can be harder to see than vehicles on the road and may fall into a driver’s blind spot, much like a motorcyclist or biker. He or she may also not see someone on the road ahead or in a crosswalk if other vehicles are blocking the view.
In this case, a pedestrian may enter a crosswalk believing that he or she has the right of way. Although vehicles must stop for pedestrians on the road, a driver may inadvertently continue to drive and strike the pedestrian. Accidents of these types can happen anywhere, including:
- Parking lots
- Commercial areas
- Recreational areas
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Driver Negligence and Injury Claims for a Norcross Pedestrian Accident
If you were a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, you may be able to file a claim against the driver involved. To win a personal injury claim, you need evidence to prove his or her negligence and liability for your damages. Three basic steps make up this process outlined below.
Liable Parties and the Duty of Care
The first step is to identify the parties responsible for your accident and prove that those parties owed you a duty of care. A driver’s duty of care involves following the rules of the road. Failure to do so can put other motorists, bikers, and pedestrians in danger.
For instance, a driver must come to a complete stop at an intersection before making a right turn at a red light. Otherwise, he or she may injure any pedestrians using the crosswalk to cross the street.
Establishing this duty of care can help you lay the groundwork for the driver’s liability in your case. Then, you must prove that the driver’s negligent actions breached this duty of care, thus making them liable for your injuries. You must also establish a link between your injuries, damages, or losses and the accident that took place and quantify your losses.
Negligent driving can take many forms, depending on the circumstances. In many cases, negligent behaviors violate traffic laws, though they can also include errors in judgment. Examples include:
- Driving while drowsy or under the influence
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Driving while distracted
- Driving without proper licensing, approvals, or certifications
You can prove negligent driving using a variety of evidence, some of which may be difficult to obtain. If you choose to hire a lawyer, he or she can help you collect:
- Surveillance, CCTV, or dashcam footage
- Eyewitness testimony
- Police reports
- Cellphone usage records
- Driver blood tests
- The at-fault driver’s driving history
Filing a Claim
Once you have identified the at-fault parties responsible for your accident, quantified your losses, and obtained the proof needed to substantiate your claims, you can file your claim. This involves submitting a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurer seeking compensation for your injuries and damages, including lost income, medical treatment costs, property damages, and funeral or burial costs if the accident caused a fatality.
If the insurance company accepts your demand and you receive your settlement, the case closes. If they issue a denial, you can file a complaint with the relevant courts and seek a trial. The court will initiate what is known as the discovery period to gather and examine all accident-related evidence.
After this period is over, you or your attorney and the at-fault party will argue the case in court. Then, the judge or jury can issue a verdict based on the evidence and arguments presented.
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Our Pedestrian Accident Attorney Will Handle The Settlement Process for You
Negotiating a fair and acceptable settlement after a pedestrian accident is a time-consuming and complex undertaking. When you trust our law firm to handle your case, we fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Our attorney can:
- Compile, organize, and submit proof of financial liability
- Read and review every settlement offer as it comes in
- Explain the benefits and advantages of each offer
- Protect you from bad faith insurance practices and tactics
We start by ensuring your case receives a comprehensive evaluation in the first place. Taking this initial step ensures you do not inadvertently accept an offer of settlement that does not cover the costs of your past, present, and future accident-related expenses and losses.
We Can File Your Potential Lawsuit on Time
Like all personal injury cases, yours has a filing deadline imposed by the state of Georgia. Our law firm will help you understand the applicable filing deadline and how your right to compensation is affected if the deadline is not met.
- Personal injury lawsuits are generally subjected to a two-year statute of limitations that starts running on the date of the accident, according to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
- Wrongful death lawsuits are generally subjected to a two-year statute of limitations that starts running on the date of your loved one’s demise, according to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
Your case is far more likely to be settled out of court versus in. If settlement negotiations are prolonged, though, or a favorable settlement seems unlikely, we will file your lawsuit and take your case to court.
Our Hassle-Free Contingency Fee Structure
No one should have to forego their right to financial recovery or risk representing themselves against an at-fault driver or their insurance because of fear of the cost of an attorney. At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we fight hard for you without charging any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses.
Our law firm will represent you on a contingency fee basis. We will only receive compensation for our services from your potential compensation. In lieu of traditional attorneys’ fees, we will accept a percentage of your financial award. This way, you can pursue compensation without any additional financial risk.
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- Serge Eliassaint:“I have recommended this wonderful law firm to plenty of my friends! They handle their cases so well and keep all of their clients informed!”
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Work With a Norcross Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Handling a personal injury lawsuit by yourself for injuries you sustained in a pedestrian accident can be difficult. If your injuries are too severe or you are unfamiliar with the laws regarding pedestrians and accident litigation in Georgia, you may want help pursuing your compensation.
This is where our Norcross pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to help. Please contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to find out how we can assist with evidence collection, damages assessments, and filing a personal injury claim.
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5180 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093