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Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Atlanta is one of the busiest metropolitan regions. Every day, thousands of vehicles and pedestrians traverse its streets. Unfortunately, not all pedestrian-vehicle interactions end well. Many result in car accidents, serious injuries and deaths. In 2016, 232 pedestrians died in Georgia traffic accidents, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. This was a 10-year record high in the state.

If a vehicle recently struck you or a loved one in Atlanta, the pedestrian accident attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. can protect your rights. From investigating driver fault to fighting for fair financial recovery, our attorneys will be with you every step of the way. Your injuries could entitle you to compensation in Georgia. Contact our office today for a free consultation about your case.

Why Choose Our Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyers?

  • We have spent years negotiating and litigating complex pedestrian injury claims. We know exactly how to handle pedestrian accident cases.
  • We have secured six- and seven-figure results for past clients. While we cannot guarantee results for clients, we can promise to work hard to obtain the best outcomes possible.
  • We charge clients on a contingency fee basis. You will only pay attorney’s fees if we are successful and win your case.

Do You Need a lawyer for your Atlanta pedestrian accident claim?

It is important to hire an experienced lawyer if you have suffered serious or life-changing personal injuries in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta. You may need more than an insurance claim to receive fair compensation for expensive medical costs for a significant disability. A lawyer could take your case to court in Georgia for better results. A lawyer could also take over negotiations with a driver’s insurance company to optimize your odds of a fair settlement. Hiring an attorney lets you focus on you while a professional handles the legal process.

Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen in Georgia?

Atlanta is one of the most dangerous cities in Georgia for pedestrians and bicyclists. Crowded intersections, busy streets, distracted drivers and unsafe crosswalk designs increase the risk of harmful pedestrian-vehicle collisions. The number one cause of pedestrian injuries in Atlanta is human error. A driver or another party could be responsible for your Atlanta car accident and related injuries if he or she caused them through an act of negligence.

Causes for pedestrian accidents in Atlanta:

If another driver caused your injuries, you may be able to file a claim with that driver’s insurance company. You could also have grounds for a lawsuit against the City of Atlanta for an unsafe crosswalk, lack of pedestrian crossings or roadway defects that contributed to your accident. A thorough investigation of events leading up to your accident could identify its cause. Then, an attorney from ChancoSchiffer P.C. can file a claim against the defendant(s) on your behalf.

Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right-of-Way?

Even in a city as large and busy as Atlanta, pedestrians do not always have the right-of-way. Pedestrians must obey the rules of the road and adhere to responsibilities like all other roadway users. This includes yielding the right-of-way to bicyclists and drivers when applicable. Pedestrians in Atlanta will have the right-of-way in crosswalks if the traffic control signal gives them the right to cross, or if there is no control signal. When crossing at a place other than a crosswalk, however, a pedestrian must yield to vehicles.

What Are Comparative Negligence Laws?

During your pedestrian accident case, the defendant may try to use the comparative negligence defense to reduce or eliminate your financial recovery. This defense alleges that you broke a law or committed some other act of negligence that caused your injuries and that the defendant should, therefore, not have to pay as much. If you did contribute to your accident (i.e. by stepping into the road in front of an oncoming car), this could reduce your compensatory award. Georgia is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning the courts will reduce your recovery by your percentage of fault. Hiring a lawyer to represent you could help you combat this defense and maximize your award.

How much is my pedestrian accident claim worth in Atlanta?

The main goal of a pedestrian accident lawsuit in Georgia is to obtain compensation for your losses. A few other benefits include holding the at-fault party accountable, shedding light on negligence in your city and potentially preventing other pedestrians from suffering similar injuries. The compensation you could receive with a successful pedestrian accident claim may reimburse you for many types of damages.

  • Hospital bills and medical treatments
  • Lifelong medical care for permanent disabilities
  • Mental anguish from traumatic injuries
  • Emotional distress and physical suffering
  • Loss of a loved one’s guidance or companionship
  • Lost income or capacity to earn in the future

If the defendant was particularly wanton, malicious or reckless, you could also qualify for punitive damages in Georgia. A judge generally awards punitive damages in cases involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death or serious misconduct by the defendant. The total value of your claim will depend on your injuries and the skill of your attorney. Hiring a lawyer with experience in this practice area can help you maximize your financial outcome.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

At ChancoSchiffer P.C, we aim to make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible for clients. We understand how confusing the aftermath of an Atlanta pedestrian accident can be. While you contend with serious personal injuries and psychological trauma, we wish to take care of the recovery process on your behalf. In the meantime, we recommend taking several steps to protect your rights directly after a collision.

  1. Call the police while still at the scene. Call 911 from the scene of a pedestrian accident. The police will need to file an official report documenting the crash and your injuries. Get your police report number for future use.
  2. Swap information with the driver. If the driver remained at the scene, get his or her name and insurance information. Call the insurance company to file a claim as soon as you can. If it was a hit-and-run pedestrian accident, you will need to contact your own insurance provider instead.
  3. Gather evidence. Start collecting evidence as early as possible. Take photos of the crash site and your personal injuries. Write down what you believe happened and why. Get copies of your medical records and collision reports.
  4. Go to the hospital. Your injuries deserve medical care even if you believe they are minor. Medical attention could lead to a better outlook for physical recovery. Most insurers also require prompt medical attention to receive coverage.
  5. Contact an attorney. Before settling your pedestrian accident claim with an insurance company, contact an attorney to discuss the matter in more detail. The insurer may not be offering a fair amount.

Protect yourself as an injured pedestrian after a collision in Atlanta by calling the cops, documenting the accident and speaking to a lawyer before accepting a settlement offer. The initial settlement could be far less than you could receive with a lawyer’s assistance. Call the lawyers at ChancoSchiffer P.C. any time after a pedestrian accident for free, trustworthy legal counsel. We may be able to help you improve your financial outcome.

Contact Our Office For a Free Consultation

If you or a family member have suffered injuries as a pedestrian, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney. Our team will discuss your case, address your legal questions and guide you towards your best legal options. Contact our office to learn more.