According to the U.S. News and World Report, passenger cars gained about 414 pounds in the 26 years from 1980 through 2006, rising to 3,455 pounds. Combine that with the fact that motorists are now faced with an ever-growing number of distractions, it is not surprising that thousands of pedestrians are killed every year by careless drivers who do not look out for pedestrians. Many more thousands suffer serious injuries, including brain damage and spinal cord injuries. In short, when a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, even at a relatively low speed, the consequences can be disastrous for the pedestrian and his or her family.
Fortunately, the law protects injured pedestrians, and gives them the right to recover damages from the person responsible for their injuries. However, it is extremely important to retain a lawyer experienced with pedestrian cases as early as possible. Often, the offending motorist and/or his insurer deny responsibility and attempt to cast blame on the injured pedestrian. When the victim is deceased, or has suffered a debilitating brain injury, the victim is unable to dispute the motorist’s version of events. Evidence vital to the case can be lost after a short time. For example, video from traffic cameras and private surveillance video cameras in the surrounding area is often saved for only short time. Witnesses need to be identified, located and interviewed before they are lost forever. Skid marks – or the absence of skid marks – need to be documented by a qualified accident reconstructionist. Cell phone records, including text messages, need to be obtained from cell phone service providers while they are still in existence.
The lawyers at Princenthal & May are experienced with pedestrian cases. We have worked with the best accident reconstructionists in Georgia and we know how to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. While we understand that money can never repair the damage, it can ease the financial burdens injured pedestrians experience.
Contact us now at 678-534-1980.