Georgia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Trusted Litigators Serving Greensboro, Alpharetta, Ellijay & Across Georgia
On average, a pedestrian is killed in an auto accident every 109 minutes. A pedestrian is injured in an auto accident on average every 7 minutes. Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable because they have no protection against a fast-moving, heavy car, truck, or bus. They can suffer broken bones, brain damage, a spinal cord injury, or even wrongful death as the result of a motorist’s reckless or careless behavior. Although some accidents are the fault of the pedestrian—ignoring traffic signals or jaywalking, for instance—most pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent and careless drivers.
Contact the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker today for a free consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers in Georgia, Greensboro, Alpharetta, and Ellijay.
Who's Liable After a Pedestrian Accident?
The liability of the driver in a pedestrian accident rests on whether the driver could have reasonably seen the pedestrian at the last minute and avoided the accident. This is known as the “Last Clear Chance” doctrine of law. Even if the pedestrian was negligent, the driver still had the last chance to avoid striking him or her.
There are steps a pedestrian can take to help prevent them from getting injured in an accident:
- At night a pedestrian should increase their visibility at night by carrying a flashlight or wearing retro-reflective clothing when walking or jogging.
- Pedestrians should cross the street at the designated crosswalk whenever possible. In most states, if there is a designated crosswalk and the pedestrian is outside of it while crossing the roadway, the pedestrian is prima facia at fault.
- Make sure to walk on the sidewalk whenever possible; if you must walk the streets make sure to walk facing the traffic.
We Pursue Maximum Compensation
Regardless if the injuries are minor or serious, the experienced Georgia pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker can guide you through the legal process and build a strong case against the at-fault driver and the insurance company. In the state of Georgia, individuals are required to maintain liability insurance coverage for auto accidents.
The minimum requirements for bodily injury liability insurance coverage in Georgia are $25,000 per person and $50, 000 per accident. The insurance company will try to limit the recovery of the injured pedestrian to the lowest possible amount. These companies have established very specific and elaborate procedures for handling pedestrian accident claims, especially in the early stages of the investigation.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car as a pedestrian and suffered injuries in Georgia or nearby, call (470) 450-1164 for a free consultation.