In a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, the potential for serious and even fatal injuries is extremely high for the pedestrian. Broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries are just the beginning of what a victim could be facing after being hit by a car. It is important that you take the necessary steps to protect your interests in these matters.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while crossing the street, be sure that you seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney in Atlanta who understands the law and will fight to hold the negligent parties accountable for the injuries you have suffered. At the law firm of Hilley & Frieder, P.C., we help victims throughout the Atlanta area in all types of pedestrian injury accidents.
Contact our office at (404) 233-6200 now to speak with an Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney. We serve clients in Atlanta and the surrounding communities in Georgia.
Atlanta is not a pedestrian-friendly city. According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia ranks 7th in the country for the most cyclist and pedestrian fatalities — despite ranking 47th in the country for the highest percentage of cyclist and pedestrian traffic.
The Commission also provides the following statistics regarding pedestrian injuries in the Atlanta metropolitan area:
While most drivers uphold their duty to drive safely and follow all traffic laws, many motorists do not. These drivers can engage in dangerous driving behaviors that can easily lead to a collision with a pedestrian, resulting in severe injury and death.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include the following:
You can pursue compensation for a pedestrian accident through two main pathways in Georgia: you can file a lawsuit in civil court, or you can file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Most cases begin in the insurance stage before progressing to a lawsuit; however, your Atlanta accident attorney will advise on the best course of action.
Under Georgia law, you have two years from the date of your pedestrian accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is due to the statute of limitations, a rule that places a deadline on your claim to ensure your evidence remains reliable. If you fail to file by this deadline, the court will dismiss your claim.
There are two exceptions to this rule:
To retain your right to compensation and confirm your filing deadline, contact the pedestrian accident lawyers at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. as soon as possible.
With every client we serve, we will do everything in our power to secure the medical care and financial support you need to recover from your injuries. Our experience with pedestrian accident claims has given us a clear understanding of the types of injuries that can occur and the kind of compensation needed over the short and long term.
When you hire our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers, we get to work immediately conducting our own investigation of the case. When appropriate, we will call on our broad network of accident reconstructionists and other experts to help us build the most compelling possible case on your behalf. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to secure the best possible outcome for each client.