Walking down the street, even if you choose to use sidewalks or walk in safe areas, always poses a hazard. As a pedestrian, you can suffer serious injuries in even a slow-speed car accident. Amputations, traumatic brain injury, even paralysis: One driver failing to pay attention can cause problems that stay with you for the rest of your life. Did you suffer injuries as a pedestrian in the Atlanta area? You need an attorney who will help negotiate with the insurance company and fight on your behalf if needed. Contact The Champion Law Firm today at (404) 596-8044 to schedule your free consultation today.
The Champion Law Firm: Our Auto Accident Results
Our past results speak for us: in every case, The Champion Law Firm has helped our clients in a compassionate, determined manner. In many cases, we have been able to obtain substantial compensation for our clients. Check out our results:
- $2,060,000 for the family of a man killed in a car accident
- $1,000,000 for a man run over by a tractor trailer
- $1,250,000 for a client injured in a bus crash
Our past results cannot guarantee a specific outcome in your case, but you can rest assured that the same dedicated attorneys who achieved those results will bring their experience to your case.
After a Pedestrian Accident
As a pedestrian, you have nothing to protect you from the force of a car speeding your way—and often, you may not realize that a driver missed your presence until you can no longer do anything about it. This can leave you with serious injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage, including paralysis
- Organ damage
- Severe lacerations
Who Caused Your Injuries?
In a pedestrian accident with a vehicle, you may automatically assume that the driver of the vehicle bears responsibility for the accident. Drivers have a duty of care to everyone else on the road with them, including both pedestrians and cyclists, to drive safely and carefully, avoiding accidents if possible. That does not automatically mean, however, that the driver bears full responsibility for a pedestrian accident. The driver might bear responsibility if:
- He grew distracted behind the wheel due to a phone, radio adjustment, eating, or conversation
- He failed to follow appropriate traffic laws, including yielding to pedestrians or stopping at signs or lights
- He deliberately or maliciously went after you in the road
- He jumped onto the curb or sidewalk in spite of your efforts to drive safely
As a pedestrian, however, you must also pay attention to traffic laws and take steps to maintain your own safety. If you chose to ignore traffic laws or, for example, stepped out in front of a car with too little time for the driver to respond safely, you may bear partial or full liability for the accident. Inebriation in public leading to unsafe behavior can also be grounds for partial responsibility for the accident. If you need help determining who bears liability for your accident, working with a lawyer can help you more effectively determine fault.
What Damages Can You Ask for After a Pedestrian Accident?
When it comes to the damages you will receive for your accident, each case has unique elements that can change the compensation you receive. The extent of your injuries and the extent of the associated insurance policy can both significantly change those numbers. However, most people choose to ask for several common types of compensation when it comes to pedestrian accidents:
- Medical expenses, including both the immediate cost of care and any long-term medical care needs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages because of missed time at work for injury and inability to work or seeking medical care
- Lost earning potential when an individual cannot return to their previous job after the accident
How Do Insurance Companies Try to Decrease Financial Liability?
After a pedestrian accident, you will probably deal with the driver’s insurance company. That company has stated policy maximums that it pays out for each injury. Unfortunately, many insurance companies attempt to decrease their financial liability after an accident. They often try several common tactics to limit the amount you receive, including:
- Providing a settlement offer soon after your accident that does not include the full funds you deserve. Once you sign and accept this offer, the company bears limited liability for future expenses.
- Trying to prove you did not suffer the injuries you claimed in the accident, either because you suffered less severe injuries or because the injuries occurred at another time.
- Trying to prove you caused the accident.
Managing Legal Costs
Many people worry that when it comes to their pedestrian accident, a lawyer will represent the most expensive part of the process. Fortunately, at The Champion Law Firm, we aim to make it easier for our clients to afford legal assistance. We start with a free consultation that will help us better understand your case. Often, we offer services on a contingent fee basis: our fees come out of the settlement.
Our clients often find that the worth of a lawyer far exceeds the cost. We can often increase our clients’ settlements, offer valuable advice that prevents them from missing out on the full compensation they deserve, and provide services like negotiating and communicating with the insurance company on their behalf, which can free our clients up to focus on other, more important aspects of their lives and recovery.
Do You Need an Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
After a serious accident, you need an accident attorney who understands the law and how it relates to your specific accident case: one who will fight for you and ensure that you understand the details of the law and how it allows you to seek compensation after an accident. At The Champion Law firm, we provide exactly that for all of our clients. Contact us today at (404) 596-8044 to learn more about how we can help you following your pedestrian accident.