Annually, thousands of pedestrians suffer from injuries in Georgia because of car accidents. Most of these injuries are quite severe and can take weeks to heal. In some circumstances, victims can even die. Seth Bader is an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Rome and understands these cases are sensitive and very complicated.
The evidence we gather during our investigation directly determines how much your settlement will be. If you or someone you know was injured as a pedestrian in a car accident, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today. We want to go over your legal options and get you compensation for your injuries.
How do you determine fault in a pedestrian accident?
Some people think that pedestrians always have the “right of way.” However, pedestrians must obey the traffic laws of the road. You have to share the road with cars, just as much as they have to share the road with you. People can jaywalk across the street because they don’t use the crosswalk. If this happens and an accident occurs, the pedestrian is at fault. A pedestrian can also be at fault if they cross the road without waiting for the walk sign. An experienced personal injury attorney can argue both sides of these cases, in defense of the driver or the pedestrian.
Georgia is an at-fault state, meaning that the negligent party is responsible for damages. We will need to prove that you were a victim of your accident and have significant medical bills and expenses. It can seem like the driver is always at fault, but this isn’t always the case.
In Atlanta, your lawyer can fight for comparative negligence. Comparative Negligence means that both parties share a percentage of fault in an accident. The driver of the car could say that the pedestrian stopped in the middle of the street because they were texting. The judge or jury is responsible for declaring what percentage of fault each party has. So, if you are found to share blame in your accident, you will only get a portion of your settlement. Don’t risk missing out on your compensation, hire legal counsel today.
What damages can I receive compensation for in my accident?
Once you have had an accident, you have to recover from injuries and financial obligations. Medical bills will need to be paid, whether you can work or not. You need a proper settlement, so you can heal and cover your expenses. Some of the most common damages we’ve recovered are:
- Medical Bills
- Rehabilitation center fees
- In-home healthcare
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
What are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?
Most accidents on the road can be prevented, but they still happen daily. Some of the most common pedestrian accidents occur because of:
- Not yielding at a crosswalk
- Driving erratically
- Driving while distracted
- Hazards in the road
- Not following traffic laws
- Not checking your surroundings
- Not slowing down at a crosswalk
What are common injuries in pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrians have no safety gear to protect them in these accidents. Since cars are thousands of pounds, most of the injuries that victims sustain are very serious. Many accidents result in lifelong injuries or even death. Typical pedestrian accident injuries are:
- Broken Bones
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Herniated discs
- Road Rash
How does Georgia protect pedestrians?
Pedestrians have the right of way when walking in a crosswalk. However, you must walk in the crosswalk when the traffic light signals. Jaywalking isn’t a crime in Georgia, but it doesn’t give the pedestrian the right of way. If you are crossing the road without a crosswalk, you must yield to traffic.
Choose Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to handle your case.
You have injuries and you deserve compensation. We will conduct an investigation and fight on your behalf. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to get the settlement that you deserve.