It goes without saying that a pedestrian has no chance against the might of an oncoming car. Being hit while in a crosswalk, or while otherwise crossing a street, can devastate a victim’s life. The consequences of such an accident can include extensive medical bills, permanent disability, the inability to earn a living, and even extreme instances of death. Fortunately, Georgia law protects those who have been injured due to the negligence of another. It is crucial that you retain a personal injury attorney to ensure that your rights remain protected. Richard Summers is an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer who stands up for the rights of victims. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We handle matters throughout the state.
Atlanta attorney assisting Georgia pedestrians who have been hit by a car
Pedestrians who have been hit by a car may have been seriously injured. Such injuries may include brain damage, spinal damage, paralysis, or worse. The victim of such harm may be entitled to the recovery of their past and future medical bills, their past and future lost wages, the cost associated with retraining (assuming they are able to go back to work), and compensation for pain and suffering. Georgia is a “comparative fault” state, which means that a victim can receive compensation even if they were partially to blame for the accident. Claims for such injuries generally must be brought within two years of the time at which the accident occurred.
The first step in a pedestrian accident case is for the victim’s counsel to contact the defendant’s insurance carrier. This will allow the insurer to deal with counsel directly while the victim undergoes treatment. Once the victim’s long-term prognosis can reasonably be ascertained then their counsel will send a demand for payment to the insurer. If a settlement cannot be reached then a lawsuit will be filed with the Superior Court. The plaintiff will use discovery (the process by which information is gained in a lawsuit) to obtain proof of the defendant’s fault. Such proof can include phone records which show that the defendant was texting while driving, the statements of witnesses who observed the accident, and more. If the case proceeds to trial then a jury will decide the issues of fault and damages. These types of cases often involve disputes as to who had the “right of way” and whether the defendant was actually at fault. It is critical that you retain an experienced lawyer to assist you.
Our Atlanta attorney assists the victims of pedestrian accidents and has been practicing law since 1978. Prior to your initial consultation, Richard will review any available public documents to gain a better understanding of your situation. He will stay in close contact with your medical providers so that he remains up to date as to the status of your treatment. If a settlement cannot be reached then Richard will not hesitate to file a lawsuit. He will use the discovery process to obtain all available evidence and our firm will retain any experts whom Richard deems necessary. Such experts may include medical professionals who will testify in regards to your injuries, accident reconstructionist who will offer an opinion as to how the incident occurred, and more. We will ensure that you are prepared for trial and that you know what to expect as the process moves forward. This is a serious time in your life and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today.
Our firm serves residents of Atlanta and its greater metro area. This includes the Fulton County cities of Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton, and East Point, the DeKalb County cities of Dunwoody, Decatur, Brookhaven, Redan, and, the Cobb County cities of Marietta, Smyrna, Mableton, and Kennesaw, the Fayette County cities of Fayetteville and Peachtree, the Hall County city of Gainesville, as well as other areas throughout the state of Georgia.
Pedestrian injury lawyer staying in regular contact with Atlanta clients
If you have been injured by another’s negligence then you have been through enough. You do not need the added stress of an attorney who fails to return phone calls. Richard makes lawyer-client communication a priority. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, he promptly returns phone calls, and he makes himself available to answer any questions you may have. This is our promise to each and every person in the Atlanta metro area and elsewhere in the state of Georgia.