Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian accidents remain a major public safety problem throughout the United States. Though, notably, Georgia, and specifically the Atlanta metro area, is a major problem area. According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 176 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in Georgia in the year 2013. To put this number into perspective, this means that pedestrians in Georgia are killed at a rate that is 17 percent higher than the national average. Only ten states do worse than Georgia. Most of these pedestrian accidents occur in major metro areas, like Atlanta.
Drivers have a legal duty to look out for the safety of pedestrians. When they fail to live up to that duty, they must be held legally accountable. If you or a loved one was hurt in a pedestrian crash, ourAtlanta personal injury attorneys can help. For free information on how to move forward with your injury claim, please reach out to the team at Buckhead Law Group today by calling us at 770-GET-PAID.
When and Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
A pedestrian accident can happen anywhere, from a cozy suburb to a rural highway. Walkers, joggers and drivers must always stay vigilant. That being said, pedestrian accidents do tend to share some common characteristics. There are certain factors that will dramatically increase the likelihood that a serious pedestrian accident will occur. Specifically, three of the most important factors are:
- Urban settings: 73 percent of all fatal pedestrian accident happen in cities.
- Night time: Around 70 percent of all pedestrian accident occur at night, despite the fact that there are far fewer ‘walkers’ are out on the roads during these hours.
- Non-intersections: Somewhat surprisingly, four out of five fatal pedestrian accidents actually occur away from intersections.
Pedestrian Accident Liability in Georgia
Under Georgia’s comparative negligence statute, a driver can be held liable for a pedestrian accident if their negligence contributed in any way to the crash. In other words, if the driver did something wrong, unlawful or unsafe, and a crash occurred as a result; then they bear liability for any resulting damages. Some common examples of driver negligence that often lead to pedestrian accidents include:
- Failing to yield the right of way;
- Not stopping at traffic lights or stop signs;
- Not stopping at a crosswalk;
- Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions;
- Losing control of a vehicle;
- Distracted driving, caused by cell phones or other issues; and
- Any other type of unsafe or negligently unskilled conduct.
Injured Pedestrians Deserve Fair Compensation
Sadly, but unsurprisingly, when a pedestrian is hit by an automobile, they often sustain extremely severe injuries. Injured pedestrians need to be able to recover just compensation so that they can rehabilitate and recover. At Buckhead Law Group, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers may be able to help you obtain financial relief for:
- All of your medical bills;
- Expenses associated with physical or psychological rehab;
- Lost current or future wages;
- Long-term disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disfigurement; and
- Loss of limb.
Contact Our Office Today
If you or a loved one was injured while walking, jogging or biking in the Atlanta metro area, we can help. At Buckhead Law Group, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling pedestrian accident claims. To request your free initial legal consultation, please call our team today at 770-GET-PAID.