Deadly collisions between motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians are on the rise in Norcross and throughout Georgia, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reports. Traffic safety officials attribute the rise in pedestrian fatalities to distracted driving. All too often, drivers are more focused on their cell phones than the road. As a result, they may fail to see pedestrians who are crossing at intersections or walking along the side of the road.
If a negligent driver hit you while you were walking in Norcross or a nearby community in Gwinnett County Georgia, our highly dedicated legal team at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, wants to help you. We can provide the personalized service that you need during this difficult time and a commitment to pursuing the maximum amount of compensation for you. To learn more, call or reach us online today and receive a free consultation about your case.
Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Pedestrian Accident?
When drivers hit pedestrians, insurance companies almost always try to avoid paying a fair settlement. They often try to blame the pedestrian for the accident. This is because, under Georgia’s modified comparative negligence law, an injury victim’s damages can be reduced according to the percentage of fault assigned to the victim. If the victim is found to be 50 percent or more at fault, the victim may be barred from recovering any compensation.
For this reason, you should work with an attorney who knows how to stand up to the insurance companies, challenge their claims, protect your rights and pursue full and fair compensation for you. At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we can help you by:
- Providing a free consultation in which we review the facts of your case and help you to understand your legal rights and options as an injured pedestrian.
- Handling all communications with the insurance company (or companies) involved in your case so that they do not take advantage of you.
- Conducting a full investigation of your pedestrian accident in which we take immediate steps to preserve, gather and analyze important evidence in your case.
- Consulting with highly knowledgeable professionals in fields such as accident reconstruction and life-care planning in order to determine why your pedestrian accident happened and the effect on your life.
- Working with health care providers and insurers to make sure that you get the treatment you need in order to recover from your pedestrian accident injuries.
- Demanding just compensation from the insurance company (or companies) and helping you to evaluate any settlement offers that you receive.
- Taking your case to trial if an insurance company fails to make a settlement offer that meets your needs and goals.
We will take the time to get to know all about you, your accident and your injuries, and we will maintain open and honest communication throughout your case. Our attorneys give our personal cell phone numbers to our clients for a reason.
Why Did Your Pedestrian Accident Happen?
After a pedestrian accident, you likely will not know how your crash happened. You may understand that a driver hit you, but you may not know why or what factors led to the accident. At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we know how to investigate these accidents and get to the facts.
Through the years, we have seen how many drivers fail to recognize or respect pedestrians and the fact that they have the right of way. For instance, in Norcross, pedestrians should always have the right of way when they walk within a marked crosswalk. They also have the right of way when they use an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
If a driver fails to look for a pedestrian who is lawfully crossing the street at an intersection, the driver may turn directly into the pedestrian’s path. In some situations, a driver may simply refuse to yield when the law requires it.
Distraction often serves as the underlying cause of the accident. A driver whose head is buried in a cell phone or who is trying to calm down a pet in the backseat, for instance, may readily fail to see a pedestrian. Several pieces of evidence can point to distraction, including cell phone records, witness statements and a lack of brake or skid marks at the scene of the collision.
What Are Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
Pedestrians have little protection when they are on the road. If a vehicle driver hits a pedestrian, the driver will likely emerge with a few minor injuries, while the pedestrian may be left with catastrophic harm. Some of the most common injuries which pedestrians suffer in collisions with cars in Norcross are:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Multiple fractures
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Friction burns, or “road rash”
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal injuries.
Our attorneys at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, know how the treatment for these injuries can be highly expensive, and how these injuries can change victims’ lives. A spinal cord injury, for instance, could result in paralysis, while scarring and disfigurement could cause an accident victim to suffer a great deal of mental anguish. This is why we work tirelessly to pursue maximum compensation for our clients.
What Damages Can You Seek After a Pedestrian Accident?
We will take the time to find out how your pedestrian accident has affected your life, and we will aggressively pursue damages that reflect the full amount of physical, emotional and financial harm that you have suffered. The damages that Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, pursues on your behalf may include:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost income, including bonuses and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress.
If your loved one died in a pedestrian accident due to someone else’s negligence, we can pursue a different set of damages in a wrongful death claim. Those damages can help your family by covering the costs of laying your loved one to rest and the loss of support and services which your loved one would have provided.
Our Norcross Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Are Here for You
At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we have recovered more than $150 million on behalf of our clients, including victims of pedestrian accidents. We are ready to put our experience to work for you. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
Kevin Adamson is a former college baseball player who brings a competitive spirit to personal injury trials and settlement negotiations. Kevin played baseball at LaGrange College and went on to earn his MBA from Lynchburg College and his J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. Since 2001, he has focused on personal injury law and secured numerous six- and seven-figure results for his clients. He is also a registered arbitrator and mediator with extensive experience handling contract negotiations for a variety of professional services, including athletic contracts. Kevin also owns his own airplane and makes frequent use of it for his law practice, which has taken him to 18 states.