When walking anywhere, there is always the risk that you could get hurt. If you are hit by a vehicle and severely injured, you may be eligible for a pedestrian accident claim. Your life may have been truly changed after your pedestrian accident. Often, these incidents result in a significant amount of medical bills, missed work, and lost wages, not to mention that victims are often left unable to enjoy life like they used to. Our Georgia pedestrian accident attorneys are here to help you get the best possible result in your case. After you read more about your pedestrian accident case, please call our office to set up your initial case review.
How Georgia Pedestrian Accident Compensation Works
Georgia follows the rules of comparative negligence, meaning that you can receive compensation even if you have been deemed partially at fault for the accident that injured you. During settlement negotiations with the insurance company, your responsibility for the accident will likely be debated. Someone may be considered at fault for the accident if they were crossing at somewhere other than a crosswalk, walked across a crosswalk when there was a green light for cars, or took other actions that could be considered reckless, careless, or negligent. The way the reduction of compensation work is as follows: If someone is deemed to be 20 percent at fault for the accident and is awarded $100,000 in damages and injuries, they will be able to collect $80,000 of that award. Our goal is to protect your right to full and fair compensation.
How to Get a Full Compensation Award
If you want to see the fullest and fairest award from the liable party’s insurance company, there are a few things that you need to be aware of. First, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Your injuries may be extensive and severe. You need to get a doctor to look at them right away and start treatment on them so that you can get on the road to recovery. It is important that you do this because your injuries could get worse if you do not. Also, if you choose not to seek immediate medical attention, you could be at risk of the insurance company trying to reduce or deny your pedestrian accident claim, which is something we aim to avoid. Your health is important to us and so is getting the compensation that you deserve.
The second thing that you need to be aware of is what should happen at the scene of the accident. If you are whisked away in an ambulance, you can call on someone else to help you collect evidence. That might be a friend, family member, or Georgia pedestrian accident attorney. When there is an accident, there is typically a lot of evidence that, if gone unchecked, may very well disappear. You, or someone who is helping you, should take photos and videos of everything on the scene. You can take contact information from the witnesses so that you can get their testimony at a later date, as well as the insurance information from the driver involved. An experienced attorney will be able to gather and protect even more evidence from the scene of the accident, such as nearby security footage that may have shown the accident. All of this makes a strong case and helps you get a full compensation award.
Something to keep in mind while you are at the scene of the accident is to never incriminate yourself. There is a chance that the police who show up on the scene or the driver who hit you will talk to you about the accident after it happened. You should never say it was your fault. Even if, in the moment, you thought it was your fault, it may very well turn out to have been the driver’s fault. You cannot definitely know if you caused the accident on the scene; in the interest of protecting your right to full compensation, you should never apologize for causing the accident. Wait for your attorney to do a full investigation of the accident.
Lastly, when you are seeking full compensation, it is critically important to hire an experienced Georgia pedestrian accident attorney right away so that they can get right to work for you. Georgia allows victims of pedestrian accidents two years from the date of their accident to bring their claim. If you miss this deadline, you forfeit your right to compensation. The sooner you get to an attorney, the more likely you have a chance to get full and fair compensation. These cases are difficult and require as much time as you can give your attorney, so be sure to contact one right away.
Call Our Georgia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation
When you hire our Georgia pedestrian accident attorneys, you give yourself the best chance of receiving full and fair compensation for your damages and injuries. We are here to help you. Call today to see what we can do for you.