A pedestrian accident is one that involves either a truck, car, bus, or motorcycle and a person who is not in a vehicle, such as someone on a crosswalk or sidewalk. These are some of the most dangerous accidents to a person‘s well-being and life. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the attorneys at The Pendergrass Law Firm may be able to help you.
How can pedestrian accidents be prevented?
One of the easiest ways to prevent a pedestrian accident is to be more attentive. If you are talking or texting on your cell phone, putting on makeup, trying to eat without spilling food on yourself, changing the radio station, or fiddling with your GPS, then you are not adequately watching the road. This is especially important around intersections where you have to be on the lookout for people using the crosswalk or on the sidewalks. Pedestrian accidents often occur in neighborhoods. Sometimes they happen in conjunction with other factors, such as speeding. If you are speeding in a neighborhood, for example, then there is a greater likelihood that you could accidentally harm a pedestrian who is out for a walk or just out for a jog.
Can I afford an attorney?
There are statutes of limitations on how long you have to report a personal injury. Delaying hiring an attorney puts you at risk of missing the deadline. Plus, the insurance company’s attorney will argue that your injuries must not have been that bad if you delayed for a while. At The Pendergrass Law Firm we fight for you and we only get paid when we win for you, so give us a call today to discuss your situation. We don’t want you to miss critical deadlines.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 5,977 pedestrians killed in 2017 in car or other vehicle-related accidents. They also estimate that another 137,000 were treated in hospital emergency rooms that same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed than passengers in vehicle accidents. This is because cars and other vehicles can take some of the force from the impact. Unfortunately, people, unlike many types of animals, have a soft exterior, leaving the human body more exposed. Seat belts can also hold back passengers, but they do not apply to pedestrians. That’s why keeping an eye out for pedestrians, especially at night, is vital to preventing accidents.
Since March 2020, there has been a slight rise in pedestrian activity in some due to the coronavirus crisis. Because people don’t want to be inside but want to avoid gyms and other busy, public places. Many have been using sidewalks more often just to get outside or even to exercise. On the other hand, with fewer people on the road, some drivers have figured it’s okay to bend the rules a little bit. But these are false perceptions that can lead to someone getting hurt. Always abide by the speed limit, follow all laws at crosswalks, hold young children by the hand when walking near roads, and definitely look both ways before stepping on any street.
Why You Need A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
There are numerous reasons to hire a pedestrian accident lawyer in Gwinnett County. The first reason is that there is a statute of limitations on pedestrian accident claims. In the state of Georgia, you have two years from the date of your accident to report it. After that time has expired, the courts will no longer hear your claim, no matter how much evidence you have. This is why it is critical to report your accident immediately. But the biggest reason is that your chances of winning damages in court are much higher when you hire an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. At The Pendergrass Law Firm, all consultations are free of charge. We earn our fees once your case has been settled or you’ve won a jury award. So give us a call today to tell us more about your situation.