Drivers all too often fail to see and stop for crossing pedestrians. Even if the pedestrian has the right of way, a distracted or negligent driver might not stop in time. As an injured pedestrian in a Gwinnett County, you may have the right to financial compensation. With help from a Gwinnett County pedestrian accident attorney at Dermer Appel Ruder, you can protect yourself and safeguard your future. Our law firm:
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Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately rather frequent in the state of Georgia. In 2016, 232 pedestrians died throughout the state. This was a major increase from 194 fatalities in 2015, making it the highest number in the last 10 years. Gwinnett County alone reported 13 pedestrian deaths the same year. Hundreds of other pedestrians suffered serious injuries in vehicle collisions. Broken bones, lacerations, bruises, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, and spinal cord injuries are all common in pedestrian accidents.
Distracted driving takes thousands of lives each year. Many of these victims are people walking or jogging around neighborhoods. Distracted drivers are highly likely to cause pedestrian accidents, especially in busy metro areas with high volumes of pedestrians. Texting and driving, chatting with passengers, eating fast food behind the wheel, drowsy driving, and drunk driving are all common reasons pedestrian accidents happen. If every driver cared more about the safety of others, pedestrian accidents wouldn’t happen.
At Dermer Appel Ruder, our Gwinnett County pedestrian accident lawyers have also handled cases in which poorly designed crosswalks are to blame. Pedestrian injuries and fatalities can occur if a crosswalk signal in Peachtree Corners isn’t working properly or if the design of the intersection is inherently dangerous for vulnerable road users. In these cases, the city might be legally responsible for damages. It is the city’s duty to keep public spaces, sidewalks, streets, and intersections reasonably safe for users. Failure to do so could mean a personal injury lawsuit against the government.
Liability can change according to the unique circumstances surrounding your specific accident. It may be the driver who struck you, the manufacturer responsible for the driver’s bad brakes, the city that failed to repair a broken crosswalk signal, or a combination of parties. Our law firm can investigate your pedestrian accident to help you determine liability. Eyewitness interviews and police reports can help us name the appropriate defendant(s).
If you were partially at fault (e.g., for stepping out when there was a “No Walk” signal), don’t give up hope. Talk to our Gwinnett County pedestrian accident lawyers about your case. Georgia is a comparative negligence state, meaning the courts could still award you compensation even if you were somewhat responsible for your injuries. Trust us to identify the defendant and take immediate action toward obtaining recovery regardless of who caused your injuries.
You can’t control the actions of drivers, but you can take charge of what you do to prevent pedestrian accidents. If you wish to walk around Gwinnett County, take a few precautionary steps to minimize your odds of an accident:
Pay attention to your surroundings when walking to improve your odds of seeing and avoiding danger. If an accident does happen, call us at (404) 892-8884. We can help you fight for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Gwinnett county pedestrian accident lawyers have plenty of trial experience and know how to get the most for your case. Serving all of Atlanta and surrounding areas. Call or email us today.