Atlanta GA Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Anytime someone travels in a metropolitan area, they are at risk for injury. Whether it’s by walking, biking or driving your car, traveling can be quite risky the more people are involved. In a metro area like Atlanta this is no exception, and can put pedestrians in the crossfire when it comes to accidents – and accident compensation.
In a city that relies so heavily on cars, it’s not surprising that it’s also the area with the highest fatality rates for males, Hispanics and several age demographic groups, including those in the 15-34 and 35-54 age groups. More so, the city’s poor pedestrian walkways and subpar public transportation mean that there are more people around than ever before – and they’re all frustrated with the way they get around. This can lead to a number of incidents and accidents involving pedestrians.
Your Pedestrian Accident Case in Atlanta
Have you or a loved one been injured as a pedestrian? You’re not alone. The numbers are there, and the evidence is clear: pedestrian victims exist all across the state of Georgia – and Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is here to help.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to:
- Recover medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Decreased earning ability
- Loss of consortium (loss of companionship or services of spouse or sometimes a child)
- Punitive damages
Call us today at 678-562-5595 for your free consultation so we can advise you regarding your rights to any or all of these possibilities. Do you have questions? We have the answers.
Are Pedestrian Car Accidents Common?
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are much more common than we think. There are more than 110,000 pedestrian accidents in the United States every year, resulting in approximately 59,000 pedestrians injured and more than 4,000 people being killed. Shockingly, a pedestrian accident happens once every 8 minutes in the U.S., with many of these accidents being fatal. These accidents are much more common in urban areas (like Atlanta), where more than three-fourths of all pedestrian accidents occur. And contrary to popular belief, almost 90 percent of these accidents occur in normal weather – not the rain, fog or snow that people would be quick to blame as the cause of most pedestrian accidents.
What is Defined as a ‘Pedestrian Accident’?
A pedestrian accident occurs when a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle or bicycle. Oftentimes, the pedestrian is injured, sometimes even fatally. By their very nature, pedestrian accidents can be quite complicated, which is why it’s important to get in touch with a personal injury attorney quickly in order to help prove fault as well as liability.
What Causes a Pedestrian Accident?
While there are a number of different causes of pedestrian accidents, unmarked crosswalks, left-hand turns, the use of electronics by both walker and driver, quiet cars and busy streets all add up to danger for those traveling. Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of a pedestrian accident continues to be alcohol, with an estimated 48 percent of pedestrian deaths involving alcohol by either the driver or pedestrian.
What Kinds of Injuries Can Occur In a Pedestrian Accident?
Catastrophic injuries or even wrongful death can often be the result of pedestrian accidents in Atlanta. These accidents can take a far more serious turn than a simple bump or bruise, oftentimes resulting in significant medical costs, substantial time spent in rehabilitative therapy and even lifelong nursing care. As the body is the most vulnerable in an accident, pedestrians can endure several bodily injuries including (but not limited to):
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
It’s also important to remember that these injuries can occur not only from the initial collision, but fallout from the accident as well. More than 50 percent of injuries occur after the initial contact with the vehicle, such as when the pedestrian makes contact with the ground or unknown objects.
If You’ve Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Can Help
It’s important to act swiftly and decisively when pursuing a lawsuit over a pedestrian accident, as most personal injury cases have a deadline of two years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit. However, there are shorter exceptions in some cases, so time is of the essence. Our experienced team of attorneys is available to assist clients throughout the metro Atlanta area, helping you recover while we pursue your case. We will make sure you receive the proper medical care and services you need. We don’t want you to walk this road alone. Contact us at 678-562-5595 today.