Legal Representation for Pedestrian Accident Victims in Atlanta
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when attempting to walk across busy streets in today’s metro Atlanta’s high traffic roadways. Cars weighing thousands of pounds can seriously injure or kill a pedestrian. Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune has been litigating personal injury cases since 1997. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, The Law Office of Terrence R. Bethune can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal options.
Thousands of Pedestrians are Injured in Accidents Each Year
Every year in Georgia, there are more than 2,000 pedestrian accidents, about 150 of which are fatal. With its urban population, it is not surprising to learn that more than 450 of the these accidents occur in Fulton County. Georgia law mandates that cars and other vehicles must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-91. An injured pedestrian can file a lawsuit to seek compensation for injuries caused by a negligent driver.
Georgia Law Protects Injured Pedestrians
A pedestrian injured by a car can file a negligence lawsuit against the driver. A successful negligence plaintiff will prove:
- The driver owed the pedestrian a duty;
- The driver breached that duty; and
- The pedestrian’s injuries were proximately caused by the driver’s actions.
All drivers owe a duty to everyone else on the roads — including drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians — to drive reasonably under the circumstances and strictly adhere to the rules of the road. A driver who may be distracted, drunk, or otherwise driving dangerously has breached this duty. If that driver then causes an accident that injures another driver, passenger, or pedestrian, the negligent driver will be liable for the injuries he caused.
In addition to or in the alternative of alleging a straight negligence claim, a pedestrian injured by a driver who violated a safety-related statute may choose to plead negligence per se. For these claims, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant violated a statute, such as the pedestrian crosswalk law. If successful, the defendant is deemed negligent as a matter of law, and the plaintiff is then required to prove primarily that her injuries were caused by the defendant’s actions. Ask an experienced attorney about the claims you may be able to bring as a result of your pedestrian injury.
Pedestrians Injured by Negligent Drivers Can Collect Damages
A pedestrian who files a successful negligence lawsuit can collect damages from the defendant. The plaintiff can collect money to reimburse the cost of lost wages, hospital bills, and other expenses. Further, if the plaintiff suffered other types of injuries, such as emotional distress or pain and suffering, she can collect damages to compensate for those injures, too. Finally, a defendant who acted outrageously may be ordered to pay punitive damages.
Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Litigator
Pedestrians injured by a negligent driver do not have to bear the costs of the accident alone. They have a right under Georgia law to seek compensation for their injuries. Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney Terrence R. Bethune can help you protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Call (404) 875-7800 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation.