Metro Atlanta is a vibrant city with lots of street life. It’s common to see people walking, jogging, and bicycling at any time of day or night. But the number of pedestrian accidents has been increasing.
Out of nearly 1,200 traffic fatalities in Georgia in 2012, one out of every seven people who died was a pedestrian, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
DeKalb County had 19 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2012—the most of any county in Georgia.
Sixteen pedestrians died in collisions with vehicles in Fulton County—the second highest total. Many more suffered serious injuries.
If you or a family member has been hit by a car, truck or other motor vehicle, the attorneys of Millar & Mixon, LLC may be able to help you obtain financial assistance immediately. Call or email us today. A phone consultation and an appointment are free, and there is no obligation. We do not charge attorney’s fees unless we recover money in your case.
Where Do Georgia Pedestrian Accidents Tend to Happen?
A substantial number of pedestrian accidents happen at intersections. However, the majority of car crashes involving pedestrians occur at other locations.
This happens because of higher automobile speeds and the fact that drivers are not expecting to have to stop on suburban or rural roads.
Typical causes of pedestrian accidents that we investigate include:
Negligent or careless driving
(distracted or fatigued/drowsy driving).
(improper passing, illegal turns, running stop signs or stoplights, etc.).
Drunk or drugged driving.
Pedestrians walking or riding a bicycle in crosswalks or intersections against the light.
Children or teenagers playing, biking or skateboarding on or near roadways.
Motorists struck while making repairs or changing a tire near roadway.
Serious Injuries Happen in Georgia Pedestrian-Vehicle Accidents
When a pedestrian is hit by any kind of motor vehicle, there is the potential for the person to be seriously hurt or fatally injured.
Some of the most common injuries we see suffered by pedestrians who have been hit by a motor vehicle include:
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Head and neck injuries
Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis (paraplegia, tetraplegia)
Internal organ injuries
The medical bills from any one of these types of injuries can be significant. In some cases of disabling injury, medical treatment and personal care may last for years or the rest of the victim’s life.
Medical costs may include the expense of assistive or adaptive equipment, ranging from a walker or wheelchair to a hospital bed, a specially adapted van or renovations to the injured person’s home.
A pedestrian seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident may also seek compensation for lost income as they recover and are out of work, and for their pain and suffering.
Our legal team can investigate to discover the sources of insurance and other benefits available to pay for your medical bills and other losses. As we seek compensation for you through negotiations or court action, we can also negotiate to reduce hospital and insurance liens that may threaten to lessen the amount of money you or your family receive at the end of the case.
Contact Our Georgia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Atlanta
If you have been hit by a car, truck, motorcycle or another vehicle and seriously injured, you may be able to obtain compensation to assist with your medical bills and other losses. Please contact Millar & Mixon, LLC to find out how we can help.
We are one of the few personal injury law firms in Georgia that focuses most of our time and resources on car, truck and motorcycle accident cases. When you call us, you will receive help from one of the most experienced firms in Georgia.
Call us now at 404-620-4301 or fill out our online contact form for a free initial consultation and claim review.