As pedestrians, we often assume that complying with state laws and traffic regulations will keep us safe from harm on Georgia roads. However, thousands of people in Georgia are injured or killed every year due to pedestrian accidents. For many, pedestrian accidents can be devastating, life-altering, and even fatal.
Filing a personal injury claim after a pedestrian accident in hopes of recovering compensation can be difficult, particularly for those who are not well-versed in state laws, legal jargon, and statutes. Even if you were clearly injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, the court can’t simply take your word for it.
Our firm understands how traumatic these types of accidents can be, which is why we’re here to prioritize our clients’ wellbeing, guide their steps accordingly, and support them throughout the duration of the legal proceedings.
After a pedestrian accident, it’s crucial to turn to a personal injury lawyer you can trust to keep your best interests at heart. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Contrary to popular belief, vehicles aren't the only cause of pedestrian accidents.
There's a wide range of factors that can lead to pedestrian accidents, such as:
- Distracted or reckless driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Failure to obey traffic regulations
- Driving while impaired or fatigued
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
- Vehicle defects
Distracted drivers are especially dangerous to pedestrians as they often fail to yield the right-of-way or take steps to avoid a collision. Drivers may be distracted by using a cell phone, eating, drinking, personal grooming, talking to passengers, or engaging in other activities that take their focus away from the road.
Failure to Comply with State Traffic Laws
Drivers must also exercise caution when turning at intersections or backing up from parking spaces as pedestrians may be crossing in their path. Motorists can also fail to observe posted speed limits and run into unsuspecting pedestrians. Failure to obey traffic signals is one of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents. Keep in mind that both motorists and pedestrians have the responsibility of abiding by traffic signals for safe passage through intersections.
Faulty equipment such as malfunctioning traffic signals or broken streetlights can also contribute to pedestrian accidents as it affects visibility on roads and highways. Vehicle defects such as faulty brakes or tires can increase the risk of a catastrophic accident involving pedestrians while bad weather conditions like fog and rain can also increase the risk of personal injury.
If you or a loved one was recently injured in a pedestrian accident, seeking strong representation from a trusted pedestrian accident attorney is a must. Sufficient evidence is required to support your claims in court if you wish to secure maximum compensation for your injuries.
A qualified legal advocate who can help fortify your case with strong evidence and fight to recover full compensation for both physical and emotional damages on your behalf. Such evidence may include:
Police reports. Documentation from law enforcement officials will ideally include any statements made by drivers or pedestrians involved in the incident, as well as details about traffic violations or other factors that may have contributed to the accident.
Medical records. Medical records should be kept up-to-date to accurately reflect the victim's medical bills, treatments, and prognosis.
Witness testimonies. Witness testimony can provide insight into who was at fault for the accident and what happened leading up to it.
Photos or videos of the accident. Media footage of the accident scene, such as photos or videos, can be an effective means to illustrate how events transpired before, during, and after the pedestrian accident.
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Common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can range from moderate to very severe due to the vulnerability of the pedestrian.
The impact of a collision with a vehicle traveling at high speeds can cause a range of injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Spinal cord paralysis
- Loss of sensation
- Impaired mobility
Head trauma is one of the most common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents. Symptoms of head trauma can range from mild to severe.
Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty speaking
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Irritability and mood swings
- Difficulty understanding language
- Pain with movement or while resting
In extreme cases where the victim suffers a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI), they can also experience nausea and vomiting, sight impairment or vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve pathways, and auditory deficits, such as deafness or ringing in the ears due to damage to hearing organs and nerves. Long-Term Psychological Effects
Many victims also suffer psychological trauma after an accident, which can manifest as depression and anxiety disorders. In more serious cases, victims can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a traumatic accident, such as an auto-pedestrian collision that caused severe personal injury or resulted in the death of another individual.
For victims of pedestrian accidents wishing to recover fair compensation for their suffering, it’s imperative to seek medical attention immediately after the incident, as a licensed physician can conduct a comprehensive medical evaluation to assess both physical and psychological harm sustained in the accident. As you can imagine, such medical reports can be invaluable evidence in court.
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In addition to these objective forms of evidence, personal injury claims after a pedestrian accident may also include documentation from other sources, such as experts in safety regulations or vehicle operation.
Testimonies from family members or friends can also help paint a picture of how an injury has affected a victim's life both before and after the incident. Overall, various forms of evidence can work together to demonstrate liability for personal injury claims so victims receive maximum compensation for their suffering.
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