Assisting Pedestrian Accident Victims in Atlanta with Recovering Monetary Compensation for Their Personal Injuries
Imagine you’re walking peacefully down the streets of Atlanta—maybe in the Convention & Entertainment District, along Peachtree Street, or in Castleberry Hill or Buckhead. You’re off to work, school, or perhaps simply enjoying some pleasant weather.
In the blink of an eye, a vehicle ignores the rules of the road and strikes you.
Suddenly, your life has changed forever.
Did you suffer serious injuries in an Atlanta pedestrian accident? Did a drunk driver, distracted driver, or otherwise reckless driver leave you with injuries that could permanently impact the rest of your life?
You need an experienced Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney who can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, today to learn more about your legal rights after a pedestrian accident.
We are a national law firm with multiple offices around the country, including Atlanta. We also work with affiliate law firms in most states that share our focus and dedication to excellence. No matter where you are located, we may be able to help you, so call or contact us now. We are open, for FREE, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you may contact us now by CLICKING HERE to submit your case for review.
Serious Pedestrian Accident Injuries Mean Long-Term Consequences
In the match of pedestrian vs. car, the pedestrian cannot possibly win. Worse, the pedestrian often suffers serious injuries with lifelong consequences.
Did you suffer injuries in a pedestrian accident? You may have to live with:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Even a minor traumatic brain injury can leave a victim with symptoms more than a year after their accident. Traumatic brain injury rarely goes the way it gets covered in the movies, either. You do not just lose your long-term memories or simply fail to recognize common people in your life. Traumatic brain injury can impact you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
You may suffer from:
- Ringing in your ears
- Sleep disturbances, whether you sleep too much or struggle to fall asleep at all
- Emotional disturbances, including increased anger or inappropriate reactions to common stimuli
- Changes in personality
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble focusing on a single task
With all those challenges, no wonder people with traumatic brain injury struggle in many areas of their lives! They may have to deal with the inability to work while they recover or struggle to maintain relationships.
Many friends and family members of traumatic brain injury victims notice that the victim’s personality changes dramatically after an accident. Others note that the victim has extreme reactions to even minor emotional situations, which can destroy relationships, make it hard to interact, and make them feel overwhelmed in public.
Spinal Cord Injuries
If the vehicle directly strikes your spine or you land on the pavement or another obstacle with your back, you may suffer a spinal cord injury. Victims with spinal cord injuries may spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, paralyzed below the site of the injury. Even incomplete spinal cord injury, when the spinal cord does not sever completely as a result of the force of the accident, can cause the victim to suffer decreased mobility, feeling, and function below the site of the injury.
Thanks to that paralysis, victims with spinal cord injury may have a hard time going back to their usual job duties. Victims with high spinal cord injuries, which can impact the arms and hands as well as the legs, may struggle to sit behind a desk and take care of normal tasks. Even filing and typing may prove incredibly difficult!
Victims with damage lower in the spinal cord may suffer paralysis from the waist down, making it difficult for them to work in more physical professions. Even those who can eventually return to work may have a hard time adapting to their new limitations. The first year after the accident can prove especially difficult.
It’s gruesome, but the extreme force from a speeding vehicle can rip a limb from a victim’s body. For some victims, however, the amputation does not occur immediately during the accident itself. You may, for example, have suffered massive crushing damage to your limb in the accident. Doctors may choose to remove the limb to help improve your overall quality of life. Decreased blood flow from that crushing damage can also kill the tissue in the limb over time, resulting in eventual amputation.
Life as an amputee retains plenty of opportunities, but it also brings with it a lot of difficulties—not to mention the ongoing expenses. Amputees must often replace their prosthetics every few years as they wear down. After the amputation, victims may initially struggle to participate in many of the activities that brought them joy in the past. Work can prove particularly difficult in those early days, especially for victims who worked in physical professions like construction or a warehouse environment.
While broken bones may not cause the same damage as injuries like spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury, they certainly bring with them their own challenges. The force from a pedestrian accident often causes multiple broken bones. Victims with broken bones may struggle to care for themselves, especially if they have multiple breaks. Some victims have trouble returning to work for weeks or even months after the accident while their broken bones heal. They may also need multiple surgeries to help repair those broken bones.
Broken bones can also continue to cause difficulty years after the initial accident. Some victims find that the pain from broken bones continues for years, especially in bad weather. Others struggle with ongoing mobility limitations. Even the best modern medicine has to offer cannot always restore full mobility and strength.
The force of the speeding vehicle caused you to hit the pavement hard. You may even have ended up dragged along for several feet before the vehicle finally came to a stop. As your skin dragged across the pavement, you may have suffered severe road rash.
Road rash presents many of the same symptoms as a severe burn. Victims with road rash frequently have extensive scarring, since road rash strips away the skin. Victims may also suffer high rates of infection and other complications, especially if they do not or cannot clean out the wound completely, because road rash often leaves debris and dirt from the road in the wound. Road rash may leave victims extremely self-conscious long after the initial injury, especially if they sustain severe scarring.
After Your Pedestrian Accident: What Comes Next?
You suffered injuries in an Atlanta pedestrian accident. Now what?
While a pedestrian accident claim can’t undo the physical damage you suffered in your accident, it can help provide you with much-needed funds to pay off those extensive medical bills and rebuild your life.
The pedestrian accident law firm of Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, makes it their mission to hold irresponsible drivers in Atlanta liable for their poor decisions.
Contact a compassionate Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. We can help you start your claim and learn more about your legal rights.
How Much Compensation Do You Deserve, Anyway?
Most victims want to know just how much compensation they can actually expect to gain from an Atlanta pedestrian accident claim. It sounds all well and good to say, “Well, a pedestrian accident claim can help you pay your medical bills,” but what compensation should you really expect?
No attorney can offer a guarantee about the funds you will receive from your pedestrian accident, regardless of the extent of your injuries. In fact, Atlanta auto insurance minimum liability insurance for the average insured driver may provide a maximum of $25,000 in compensation for bodily injury in an accident, regardless of how high your medical expenses have spiked.
That does not mean, however, that you can’t receive any more compensation for your injuries. Many drivers, including commercial drivers and Uber and Lyft drivers, may carry higher-limit policies that can provide additional compensation. Your attorney may also identify other factors that contributed to your accident.
Consider the following factors that may contribute to an accident:
- Mechanical failure. Mechanical failure can cause a vehicle to swing out of control, catapulting it into a pedestrian before the driver has time to stop it. If mechanical failure caused the accident, several parties could share the blame.
- The owner of the vehicle. Vehicle owners should properly maintain their vehicles to decrease accident risk.
- The manufacturer of the vehicle or the part that broke. Blowout on a brand new tire? Engine failure that caused the engine to race? The manufacturer could share some of the blame for the accident.
- A mechanic that recently worked on the vehicle. When a vehicle leaves the mechanic, the mechanic should certify the vehicle as fully functional and road-worthy. If the mechanic makes an error or breaks a part that causes an accident, the mechanic could share liability. Likewise, if the mechanic fails to complete the repair or does not notice a glaring problem, he could take some of the blame for the accident.
- Was the driver working at the time of the accident? Uber and Lyft drivers have higher-limit policies designed specifically to provide coverage while they have a passenger. Other drivers, including delivery drivers, truck drivers, and even construction workers in company vehicles, may share liability with their companies if they cause a pedestrian accident.
Regardless of who caused the accident, you should discuss your injuries with your attorney to get a better idea of how much compensation you should expect.
Most pedestrian accident victims claim the following:
- Medical expenses. Serious injuries may have left you with equally serious medical bills. Seeing those bills trickle in day after day can feel worse than your injuries, especially if you have to miss days of work. You can include those medical expenses — from the initial emergency room visit to weeks, months, or even years of physical therapy after the accident — as part of your pedestrian accident claim. Make sure you keep up with all of those medical bills! In the case of many serious injuries, you may have a lot of bills coming in for a lot of procedures. In fact, you may see more than one bill for the same procedure, especially if you needed surgery or multiple doctors consulted on your case! Track all of those medical bills so when you’re ready to file your pedestrian accident claim, you know what your treatments cost.
- Lost wages. Missing work due to your injuries? Ouch! While some employers work hard to get their employees back to work as soon after an accident as possible, others just cannot make the necessary arrangements. Talk to your attorney about how to include the lost wages from your accident as part of your pedestrian accident claim.
- Pain and suffering. Physical pain does not represent the only challenge you will face after your accident, though that can certainly leave you reeling! You may also have to deal with missed activities, feeling helpless, or even lost social opportunities due to your accident. Talk to an attorney about how to include pain and suffering in your claim.
The Insurance Company Made You an Offer. Is it Good Enough?
Usually not! Often, the insurance company that covers the liable driver will contact you after a pedestrian accident to offer you a settlement. Sounds tempting, right? After all, you have serious medical bills that you have to deal with. Not only that, you’re missing work and cannot predict when you can return. A fast settlement could put funds in your hands and let you rebuild your life, focus on your recovery, and pay those medical bills.
The insurance company, however, rarely has your best interests in mind. That initial settlement offer exists to protect the insurance company, not you, as much as possible. If you accept it, you may actually minimize the compensation you receive for the accident, leaving you without the funds you really need to pay your medical bills.
Instead of accepting that officer, contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney as soon after your accident as possible. Your pedestrian accident lawyer can give you a better idea of exactly how much compensation you deserve for your injuries and prevent you from taking an offer that could ultimately harm your financial future.
Are You Ready to Contact an Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
Atlantans have a right to navigate the city as pedestrians without expecting to suffer serious harm because of the negligent behavior of an irresponsible driver. One of the best ways we can help keep our community safe is by holding these bad actors accountable and responsible for the harm they cause.
The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. If a car hit you while you were walking in Atlanta, call our office right now for a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a dime unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by CLICKING HERE.
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