Were you or a loved one struck by a vehicle while walking? Check out these 4 common pedestrian accident questions and call our Georgia office today.
1) What mistakes should I avoid after a pedestrian accident?
If you’ve been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you need quickly hire the right attorney to handle your case. By not doing so, you could find yourself losing certain legal rights you might have had. Pedestrian accidents require immediate investigation into possible negligent parties, such as a negligent driver that injured the pedestrian, a designer of a roadway, or even a negligent manufacturer of the automobile that contributed some negligence. Don’t take any chances by not hiring an attorney who has experience with pedestrian accidents.
2) What should I consider when hiring a pedestrian accident attorney?
Oftentimes, a pedestrian accident results in very serious injuries, especially when pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers. If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you need an attorney who is experienced in litigation and knows how to try a case, select a jury and knows the rules of evidence of civil procedure in the state of Georgia through and through. Pedestrian accidents also can be a result of other factors, including negligent road design, which can further complicate a case . If you start getting into road design or product liability, find an attorney who knows how to find the right experts to move your case forward.
3) What should I do if I was injured in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident?
If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run by a driver, you may not be able to identify who that driver is, if the authorities cannot find them. These days, with technology, if you can get a license plate number, it’s a lot easier to quickly obtain that information, and you will then have a punitive damages claim, in all likelihood, in addition to the liability claim. However, there could be limits on the insurance coverage, where they exclude punitive damages and they may not be responsible for paying punitive damages under the policy. It takes some experience to navigate those issues.
If you’re unable to identify the driver in a hit-and-run, then you have to start looking for alternative sources to make a recovery from, which could be complicated and require consulting with an attorney.
4) How long will a pedestrian accident case take?
When you experience a pedestrian accident, you’re usually suffering a serious injury. Since those cases result in major damages and can be complicated, you have to start looking at less obvious parties that may have been negligent in injuring you. Perhaps the designer of a roadway might be a party against whom a case should be brought. Sometimes there’s product liability issues involved. If your case involves this type of complexity, it is going to take a lot longer to be able to bring your case to resolution. It may also delay the determination of the value of your case, or what kind of damages we’re actually going to be able to collect for you.
If you’ve been seriously injured, it’s almost certain that one liability insurance policy is not going to have sufficient policy limits to make you whole from your injuries. In these scenarios, you’ve got to look for those other sources to collect from, a process that is expedited by hiring an attorney.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured by a vehicle while walking in Georgia and have follow up questions based on our 4 common pedestrian accident questions?
Contact the experienced Georgia pedestrian accident attorneys at Princenthal, May & Wilson, LLC, today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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