Savannah Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
An accident looks different for a vehicle occupant and a pedestrian. The former has some protection from their car, while the latter has no protection at all. In a minor accident, the former may deal with vehicle repairs, but the latter may likely face medical bills and time off work due to more severe injuries.
At Buckhead Law Saxton Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we understand the higher toll pedestrians suffer when involved in a collision. Our Savannah pedestrian accident lawyers treat your case with the seriousness it deserves—and that includes seeking fair compensation. Contact our office today for a free evaluation and to learn how we can pursue favorable results for your case.
What Happens When You Give Our Savannah Lawyers the Reins
An advantage of hiring a personal injury lawyer from our team is the chance to turn over the work of your case to someone else. Papers, calls, emails, debates, negotiations, terms—we can do it all for you.
At Buckhead Law Saxton Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our attorneys and support staff:
- Evaluate your case for free without pressuring you to commit right away
- Take on the financial risk of your case by working on a contingency basis
- Utilize decades of experience we have been accumulating since 1977
- Help you understand Georgia law and how your case fits into it
- Explain technicalities, insurance policies, and settlement terms
- Represent your interests in negotiations so that you can receive fair compensation
- Handle all communication with involved parties
- Encourage insurance adjusters to settle your claim in a timely manner
- Take your case to court if we cannot settle your case during negotiations
- Assist with daily challenges like setting up appointments or meeting deadlines
Your attorney can also keep you posted on the status of your case, so you’re always in the loop. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to them and take a look at our case results.
We Handle All Kinds of Accident Cases in Savannah, Georgia
If you aren’t sure if we represent your kind of pedestrian accident, just ask. We can handle and have handled various accident cases for Savannah clients. Our pedestrian accident attorneys can identify the root cause of your accident—the careless act that caused your injury—and determine the right person to hold responsible.
If a Driver Caused the Crash
The careless act at the center of your case could be the condition of the driver.
Maybe they drove:
- Under the influence of drugs and alcohol
In these cases, we can gather blood alcohol concentration and drug tests to show impairment, obtain employment records, track down company transportation logs to check for hours-of-service violations, and talk to witnesses who saw the driver’s behavior.
Alternatively, negligence can stem from specific traffic violations like:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Failing to yield
- Failure to merge or turn properly
- Running lights or stop signs
- Ignoring signs and signals
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that a fatal pedestrian accident is more likely if a driver speeds. Police reports can show if a driver received a citation for going over the speed limit. We can also rely on traffic camera footage, witnesses, and accident reconstruction to highlight this form of negligence.
Even drivers who obey traffic rules sometimes act negligently if they failed to adjust for traffic and weather conditions, causing them to hit a pedestrian. In these cases, we can gather weather and traffic data. Failing to look before turning or pulling onto a roadway can also constitute negligence.
If Another Entity Caused the Accident
Road defects or other maintenance failures by the City of Savannah could make them responsible for your injuries, with or without vehicles involved. For example, if you had to go out into the street because of a known hazard blocking a path, causing you to get hit, we may hold Savannah responsible. Poor sidewalks, lack of signage, and faulty signals could all provide grounds for a case against them.
We Dig Deeper for Comprehensive Pedestrian Injury Compensation
When determining how much compensation you can claim in your case, we consider:
- What type of injuries did you suffer, and how severe were they?
- What procedures, treatment plans, prescriptions, and rehabilitation do you need to recover from your injuries?
- Do you need home and vehicle modifications to accommodate new equipment like wheelchairs or other mobility aids?
- Are you now dealing with chronic pain or life-long struggles because of your injuries?
- Has this injury forced you down to part-time employment, made you change careers, or prevented you from working at all?
- Can you no longer do hobbies or activities you enjoyed and that brought you fulfillment?
- Have your relationships changed or suffered because of your injuries, such as no longer being able to play with your children or enjoying intimacy with your spouse?
- Are you no longer independent or don’t have the same quality of life compared to before the accident?
These questions help us determine what you deserve in each category of damages—medical, income, and non-economic losses. For example, if you suffered a spinal cord injury after a car hit you, the location of the injury, its severity, and your age can mean the difference between a lifetime cost of $1.2 million and $5.1 million, according to National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates.
As you can see, the variables make a difference. Highlighting the areas of your life that this accident has changed can help us make sure you receive compensation.
Past and Future Medical Expenses
Medical bills from a pedestrian accident can pile up quickly.
You may have incurred costs for:
- Emergency care and hospitalizations
- X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and bloodwork
- Surgeries and inpatient treatment
- Specialist consultations
- Prescription medication and medical equipment
- Physical, occupational, and psychological therapy
- Chiropractic care and massage therapy
- Alternative care like acupuncture
Types of Income Losses
You may have to take a leave of absence from work to heal from your injuries. In that case, you could claim compensation for:
- Salaried or hourly pay
- Commissions, sales, or freelance gigs
- Side hustles or monetized hobbies
- Vacation days or sick days
- Reduced earning ability
Possible Non-Economic Damages
These damages consider the way the accident has affected your life physically and psychologically.
Types of compensation include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Permanent disability
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Unlike the other damages, non-economic compensation depends on your singular experience in this Savannah accident. Our pedestrian injury attorneys can listen closely to your story and your needs to pursue compensation that reflects what you suffered.
We Represent Savannah Families Who Lost Loved Ones to Pedestrian Accidents
Family members of those who passed away from an accident can still pursue justice through a wrongful death claim or suit.
This action may allow compensation for:
- Bills related to their final medical care
- Income they would have provided
- Pain and suffering you and they experienced
- Loss of guidance, support, or companionship
Wrongful death can also cover the costs of laying your loved one to rest. Funerals can be expensive, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reporting that the average casket is over $2,000.
In your claim or lawsuit, you could recover the costs of:
- Caskets or urns
- Burial or cremation
- Funeral service
- Grave marker or memorial
- Last requests
Who Can File for Wrongful Death After a Fatal Accident
According to Georgia’s wrongful death law, only certain family members can file for wrongful death. First is the surviving spouse, then the surviving children. If neither of those applies to your family’s case, surviving parents can file the lawsuit. Finally, if none of those options applies, a representative or executor of the deceased’s estate can file on their behalf.
Families shouldn’t have to worry about these details while processing their grief. Allow our wrongful death attorneys to sort out who can file your case.
Get Answers From Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
We believe in giving our clients power through information. During your free consultation, we can address your questions, from determining how much compensation you can seek to helping you understand your options for an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
We can also provide some answers right now. Below are several common questions pedestrian accident victims have asked. If you are struggling with any of the following situations, we can evaluate your specific circumstances and plot a path forward.
What Happens if the Other Party Tries to Blame You for the Crash?
The driver involved in your accident may claim you didn’t follow the rules of the road, you were jaywalking, you caught them off guard, etc. In that case, their insurance company may blame you for the accident and your injuries.
To combat their allegations, we can use our knowledge of Georgia law, as well as other evidence, to highlight the other party’s culpability. Evidence we can use includes eyewitness testimony and traffic and security camera footage.
What If You Were Hit by a Rideshare, Taxi, Bus, or Commercial Truck?
We can hold liable the company or government entity that employs the driver. Company insurance often covers accidents that happen in the course of employment. Unfortunately, those insurance representatives are likely familiar with the ins and outs of injury claims and will fight hard to lower your settlement. Fortunately, we’re familiar with the ins and outs, too, and can fight even harder.
If the driver was an independent contractor instead of an employee, the company may try to avoid responsibility entirely. This instance can happen in truck or rideshare accidents. We can evaluate the terms of their contract with the driver as well as the company insurance policy to determine our options for liability.
Even if the company doesn’t take financial responsibility for contractors, we may still pursue the driver individually for compensation. This can mean going through their insurance or filing a personal injury lawsuit to obtain damages.
How Long Do You Have to File for Personal Injury After a Pedestrian Accident?
Georgia law typically allows two years from the date of a pedestrian accident to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Certain circumstances can shorten or lengthen how long you have, though.
For instance, if you sue the City of Savannah, your statute of limitations may be up to only six months. By contrast, if you were incapacitated by your accident, such as due to a head injury or coma, we can work to have your case tolled—the clock won’t start until the court deems you capable of filing a suit.
Additionally, it’s important not to treat the end of the statute of limitations as the date to start your case. The deadline aims to preserve evidence and make sure claimants resolve cases in a timely manner. Given enough notice, we can work toward a resolution before time runs out.
We Put Our Knowledge of Georgia Law to Work in Your Savannah Accident Case
To take advantage of your free case review, call Buckhead Law Saxton Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (912) 200-9059. We also take personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency-fee basis, so we only receive a payment if we obtain compensation for you.
Our Savannah personal injury lawyers work to ensure that the other party hears your side and that we hold them accountable for your damages. Get help now!
Buckhead Law Saxton Injury & Accident Lawyers, P.C. – Savannah Office
100 Bull St,
Savannah, GA 31401
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Atlanta, you need to take action now. To schedule your free case evaluation, please contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Buckhead Law Saxton Injury & Accident Lawyers, P.C. today by calling 404-890-5631.