Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian Accident Claims in Georgia
When a car accident occurs between two vehicles, drivers and passengers have the benefit numerous safety features—including shielding from direct impact. When a motor vehicle hits a pedestrian, however, the pedestrian is put at risk of grievous and even life-threatening harm. When this harm occurs due to negligence by a motorist, then it deserves to be addressed in a court of law.
At Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, our team of skilled, award-winning pedestrian accident lawyers in Atlanta is dedicated to asserting the rights of our injured clients both in and out of the courtroom. Our unflagging commitment to client advocacy has allowed us to recover more than $400 Million in compensation on behalf of the injury victims who depend on us.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Generally speaking, most pedestrian accidents are caused by motorist negligence or failure to follow traffic laws. This is especially true in urban areas, like Atlanta, where there is a steady flow of sidewalk traffic and intersections, crosswalks, and other stop-and-go road features are common.
Some of the major causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Fatigued driving
- Unsafe turns at intersections
- Failing to obey traffic signs and lights
- Failing to signal a turn or lane change
- Failing to yield for pedestrians
- Impaired driving (DUI, drugged driving)
- Distracted driving (talking on the phone, texting while driving, etc.)
If you believe that one of these motorist actions, or any other, led directly to your pedestrian accident injury, then we invite you to contact our firm today. We are ready to hear your story, help assess the circumstances of your case, and, if necessary, start aggressively pursuing the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Who is Usually At Fault in a Pedestrian Accident?
In most circumstances the driver is found to be at fault for a pedestrian accident. This is because motorists have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians, regardless of what the pedestrian is doing. If a person enters the roadway, whether in a crosswalk or elsewhere, the driver is expected to stop whenever it is physically possible to do so. However, there are some situations in which the driver may not bear as much fault as the pedestrian, for example, if the pedestrian entered the road too suddenly for the motorist to see them or to stop in time to avoid hitting them.
Determining fault in pedestrian accidents can be tricky at times. If you need help proving that the driver was responsible for your injuries, and that you were not hurt through any fault of your own, reach out to our team to discuss your situation in a free consultation with our pedestrian accident attorneys in Atlanta.
Fighting for Your Rights to Compensation
Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC is one of the premier personal injury law firms in Atlanta. Our Atlanta pedestrian a have represented a wide range of complex pedestrian accident claims, including those involving serious brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and even death. Our team is here for you during the most challenging moments in your life.
Contact Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC to schedule a free consultation with our Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys today.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
The best advice for keeping safe while walking is to be predictable, noticeable, and clear-headed.
Be Predictable – Follow the rules of the road. Use sidewalks and crosswalks. Stay off of restricted zones such as freeways. Where there are no sidewalks, it is usually safest to walk facing road traffic.
Be Noticeable – Dress in light colors. Consider wearing reflective gear at night, especially when walking in areas with poor lighting.
Be Clear-Headed – As much as a third of all pedestrians killed in traffic accidents are legally drunk. Recognize that alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely, just as such substances can impair your ability to drive safely.
How Do I Teach My Child About Pedestrian Safety?
Children bear a particularly high risk of suffering harm from pedestrian injuries. Teenagers bear a particularly high risk of harm, accounting for half of all child pedestrian deaths. To keep your child safe consider the following:
Know Your Routes – Speak with your children about what it means to wake safely. Teach them to use pedestrian walkways and paths, to cross the street at corners, and to properly use traffic signals and crosswalks.
Put Down The Smartphone – Teach your children to pay attention to their surroundings, especially when crossing the street. This includes avoiding distractions like cell phones, mp3 players, and similar electronic devices.
Cross With an Adult – Children of a certain age should only cross the street with the help of an adult. Children under ten years of age may find it difficult to properly judge the speed and distance of passing cars.
Make Eye Contact – Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers. Such eye contact is important when navigating intersections or when walking through parking lots. Remind your children to pay particular attention to drivers who may not see them, such as drivers backing up or looking in the opposite direction.
Safety Tips for Drivers
While driving remember that you can encounter pedestrians any time and at any place, including places where they are not supposed to be found. Pay particular attention near schools, in neighborhoods, and when driving through a crosswalk.
Contact Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be suffering physical and emotional pain. There can be stress due to injuries and the shock of the accident as well as stress from medical bills and lost wages if you are unable to work. You may have the option to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit if the person who caused the accident acted with recklessness. If you believe a careless driver hit you, the help and expertise of a personal injury lawyer is crucial to your healing process.
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