Everything You Need to Know About Pedestrian Accidents
Everyone has been a pedestrian at one point or another in his or her life.
This article addresses the most commonly asked questions regarding pedestrian accidents and provides the best solutions if you have recently found yourself involved in an accident involving a pedestrian.
When in a situation where all different types of vehicles and pedestrians are together it is important that all people exercise reasonable care to ensure there are no accidents or injuries. Both drivers and pedestrians are required to follow the rules of the road and exercise reasonable care.
Sadly, about 5,000 pedestrians die in accidents related to motor vehicles every year because either the driver or pedestrian did not exercise reasonable care.
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The following are the 4 most common types of Pedestrian Accidents.
- Unmarked crosswalks or jaywalking: When crosswalks are not properly
marked, there is a great risk of pedestrian accidents.
- Electronics: When people attempt to walk and be on their phones at the same time they are at risk of walking out in front of an automobile.
- Dark clothes at night: When people are walking at night down dimly lit roads it can be hard for cars to spot them, especially if they are wearing dark clothes.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is a common cause of pedestrians. It comes from both sides where the driver of the car is intoxicated and pedestrians getting hurt because they are intoxicated
What should you do if you were recently involved in a Pedestrian Accident?
When you are involved in a pedestrian accident and believe you are entitled to compensation, there are a few important steps you should follow…
First, the most important thing you should do is make sure that you are okay! If you were seriously injured, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
However, if you were not seriously injured in the accident you want to make sure that you gather evidence of the accident while still at the scene. You can do this by taking pictures of everything and gathering physical items as evidence. You will also want to collect witness testimonies for your case as well.
After the accident happens you will want to write down and document as much as you can about the accident. This includes your injuries and other losses such as wages that you suffered due to the accident.
If you do intend to file a claim against the guilty party, you should make sure that you inform them of your intent.
Lastly, you should contact a personal injury attorney to help guide you through the case and to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries.
What damages are recoverable in pedestrian accident cases?
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident you might be entitled to compensation if the other party was at fault for the accident.
Your compensation can range from past and future medical expenses, wage loss, and pain and suffering. If the pedestrian involved in the accident dies, his or her surviving loved ones are entitled to receive the full compensation for the economic loss of their loved one.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
When it comes to filing a lawsuit for a pedestrian accident every state has its own statute of limitations. For the State of Georgia, a person has 2 years to file for personal injury and 4 years to file for the property damage from the accident.
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How do I know who was at fault for my accident?
Fault is often hard to determine in pedestrian accidents because more than one party may be at fault.
For a pedestrian to receive compensation for their injuries they will need to prove that there were negligent actions from the other party.
Whether the pedestrian was injured due to a vehicle or property defect such as a sidewalk or parking lot issue, construction, or other defects, they can receive compensation for their injuries.
The injured pedestrian will need to be able to prove that the fault was with the other party.
If you live in Georgia and were recently involved in a pedestrian accident it is important to seek legal help to ensure that you receive the proper compensation for your injuries.
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