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Pedestrian Accidents in Cumming, GA

You’re never more vulnerable to the impact of a traffic accident than when you’re out and about on foot. Whether you like to walk to get some exercise or you’re simply walking from your vehicle into your office, you are very likely a pedestrian at some point during your day. If a motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, seek the professional legal guidance of an experienced Cumming pedestrian accident attorney.

The Statistics Are Concerning

If you do a lot of walking, the statistics related to pedestrian accidents and injuries should give you pause. Consider the following numbers shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2017, nearly 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents.
  • This translates to approximately one fatal pedestrian accident every 88 minutes.
  • About 137,000 additional pedestrians were injured so badly in traffic accidents that they required treatment in emergency rooms across the nation.
  • Pedestrians are a full 1.5 times more likely to be killed in traffic accidents than are the occupants of passenger vehicles (per trip).

To make matters that much more difficult, the State of Georgia experiences more than its fair share of fatal pedestrian accidents. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that, in the first six months of 2019, Georgia was one of five states (combined) that represented about one-third of the nation’s population, but that accounted for nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities.

If a motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, the dedicated Cumming pedestrian accident attorneys at Spaulding Injury Law are on your side and standing by to help.

Why Working Closely with a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Is Well-Advised

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, all of the following are likely to be true:

  • You have serious physical injuries that translate to serious medical expenses.
  • While you heal, you’ll likely be off the job, which generally means lost earnings.
  • You aren’t in a great position to beat the insurance company at its own game, but you do need just compensation in order to reach your fullest recovery.

The truth of the matter is that insurance companies recognize exactly how challenging your situation is and are very likely not above taking advantage of your vulnerability. Because experienced pedestrian accident attorneys are well versed at successfully guiding cases like yours toward favorable resolutions, having one in your corner can help in all the following ways:

  • By helping you better understand your legal rights and by providing you with the professional legal guidance you need
  • By skillfully negotiating with the insurance company for compensation that addresses your physical, financial, and emotional damages in their entirety
  • By conducting thorough independent investigations that uncover critical evidence in support of your claim
  • By ensuring that, if negotiations with the insurance company stall, your legal case is solid, is timely filed, and is in compliance with all applicable legal rules and regulations
  • By knowledgeably representing you in court (if it comes to that)

An important point to keep in mind is that most reputable pedestrian accident attorneys work on contingency, which means that your attorney won’t get paid unless your claim settles (or you receive a court award), and that you don’t need to worry about your legal costs on top of everything else you’re dealing with.

Who’s at Fault

The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by motorist negligence, which comes in far too many dangerous varieties, including

  • Motorists who speed
  • Motorists who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs
  • Motorists who are too drowsy to drive safely
  • Motorists who are distracted
  • Motorists who fail to follow the rules of the road, including abiding by traffic signs, signals, and lights
  • Motorists who fail to watch out for pedestrians in their midst

It is important to note here that pedestrians who do not carefully follow the pedestrian rules of the road can share fault in pedestrian accidents, but this does not end their legal right to seek compensation for the damages incurred. In Georgia, as long as you are less than 50% responsible for your injuries in a pedestrian accident, you can go after the motorist for the percentage of your losses that he or she is responsible for.

If You’re Injured by a Commercial Driver

Our roadways are busy places, and a lot of the vehicles on them are commercial vehicles, including all the following examples:

  • Package and mail delivery trucks, such as USPS, UPS, FedEx, and Amazon
  • Rideshare (e.g., Uber and Lyft) and food delivery (e.g., Grubhub and DoorDash) vehicles
  • Delivery trucks for major chains and private stores
  • MARTA and other passenger buses

The drivers who man these vehicles are commercial drivers, which means they shoulder heftier responsibilities when it comes to driving safely and, as such, they are held to more strict rules and regulations. Commercial drivers are generally required to engage in practices that make accidents of all kinds (including pedestrian accidents) more likely. These practices include:

  • Making frequent stops and starts
  • Pulling in and out of traffic frequently
  • Logging long hours behind the wheel

If the pedestrian accident that leaves you injured is caused by a commercial driver’s negligence, your claim will be filed with the commercial entity’s insurance provider. While this means that your journey forward may be more complicated, it also means that your ability to obtain the compensation that covers your damages in their entirety may be improved (due to the more robust coverage required).

Turn to An Experienced Cumming Pedestrian Accident Attorney for the Legal Help You Need

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, the path forward toward health and healing can be difficult, but the accomplished pedestrian accident attorneys at Spaulding Injury Law are committed to channeling their wealth of experience in pursuit of your claim’s optimal outcome. Your claim is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 678-541-8841 for more information about how we can help you today.

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