Marietta is a pedestrian-friendly city, with numerous scenic walking and hiking trails and miles of sidewalks for convenient on-foot transportation. Unfortunately, with the rising traffic in recent years, crossing Marietta’s busy streets can be incredibly dangerous. If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the lawyers at Kaufman Law, P.C. for a free consultation.
Dangers for Pedestrians
Georgia has a pedestrian safety program aimed to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries throughout the state. Unfortunately, there has been a steady rise in the number of pedestrians injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. In 2015, 193 pedestrians died from collisions with vehicles in Georgia alone.
Generally, cars strike pedestrians when they attempt to cross the street. Even if a pedestrian was not in a crosswalk, drivers must pay attention to hazards in the road and avoid hitting obstacles. For a collision with a pedestrian in a crosswalk, the courts will almost always find the vehicle’s driver at fault, especially if a traffic signal further gave the pedestrian the right-of-way to cross.
Negligence in Georgia
Georgia has comparative fault laws for personal injury cases. This means that even if you partially contributed to your accident, you may still be eligible to receive compensation. For example, if you were crossing the street outside a crosswalk or jaywalking, the courts may determine that you were 25% responsible for your injuries, while the driver was 75% responsible. In that case, your compensation would be 25% less the court would have awarded you. However, if the courts find the negligent party at fault, you could receive the remanding 75%.
Kaufman Law, P.C. will work to recover maximum compensation for your damages. We will meticulously gather the evidence in your case, including interviewing witnesses, getting photos of the accident scene, inspecting medical reports, and more to ensure the facts of your case come to light.
Limited Time to File a Claim
Georgia has a strict time limit for when people can file a claim in accidents involving pedestrians and cars for personal injury cases. Like other personal injury claims, the plaintiff must generally file the claim within two years from the date of the accident. If you wait too long to file your claim, a judge may dismiss your case, even if it would otherwise have merited compensation for your injuries. While there are some rare exceptions, in most cases, it is best to begin the process of filing a claim as soon as possible after an accident to ensure you receive fair compensation.
Personal injury lawsuits against government agencies may have even tighter deadlines. For a case in which a police car or school bus strikes a pedestrian, for instance, such a deadline means you must bring your case to an attorney as soon as possible.
Injuries to pedestrians in a car accident are often severe, requiring expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation that may continue for months or years, during which time you may be unable to return to work. Don’t face your difficulty alone; let the attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. help you recover by getting you the compensation you deserve.