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Knocked Down In A Pedestrian Accident?

You need a trusted attorney to help you get back up

Some of the most difficult cases we've handled at Gary Martin Hays & Associates were pedestrian accidents. When a person is hit by a car, serious injuries are almost always sustained. You may be recovering from such an injury - or you may be grieving the loss of a loved one who was killed in an accident.

Unfortunately, children are often victims of pedestrian accidents. A child may be out in the road while playing a game or retrieving a ball. Motorists are legally expected to be vigilant at all times and obey the posted speed limits, but especially in locations where children may be present, such as near parks and schools.

We're committed to making our streets safer and helping those who have been hurt through no fault of their own. Pedestrians and motorists alike have a responsibility to share the road, but it's nearly always the pedestrian who suffers when someone fails in that responsibility.

Pedestrians are rarely at fault in crashes. Typically, these accidents are caused when a driver fails to yield or is too distracted to see a person using the road. Pedestrians are also often hit in a crosswalk or while simply walking alongside a road. When this happens, our Georgia pedestrian accident lawyers can help.

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Common types of pedestrian accident injuries

Pedestrian accidents can result in severe and life-threatening injuries. Without the protection of a vehicle's structure, pedestrians are more vulnerable to the impact of a collision. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones (fractures): The force of impact from a pedestrian accident can be too much for the bones to handle. These can range from simple breaks to compound fractures.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other head Injuries: Head injuries can range from concussions to more severe traumatic brain injuries, which may require both immediate medical attention and long-term medical care.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Pedestrian accidents can lead to spinal cord injuries, potentially causing partial or complete paralysis.
  • Internal injuries: Organs can be injured due to the impact from being hit by a car. They can be bruised or damaged, leading to internal bleeding, which can be fatal if not diagnosed right away.
  • Soft tissue injuries: Muscles, ligaments, and tendons can be strained or torn, causing significant pain and limited mobility. Pedestrians with these injuries often need physical therapy to fully recover.
  • Cuts, bruises, and abrasions: Injuries like cuts, bruises, and abrasions can occur when pedestrians make contact with parts of a vehicle or road surface. If dirt or gravel from the road enters a wound, there is a high risk of infection.

Injured pedestrians have legal rights, but the process can be difficult

Too often, injured victims don’t get the money they deserve for their injuries because they mistakenly think they don’t have cases. Remember: Whether you were in or outside of a crosswalk, using a sidewalk, or walking in the street, negligent drivers are still on the hook for the injuries they cause. You may still be entitled to file an injury claim against the at-fault driver.

If you've been hurt as a pedestrian, the accident itself may only be the beginning of a difficult battle. That's because you'll be dealing with the insurance company representing the motorist who hit you - and they're not on your side. Their goal is to protect their client and reduce their own liability, which means they'll do whatever they can to reduce or deny your claim.

Our Georgia pedestrian accident attorneys have been standing up for people who’ve been knocked down since 1993, and we’ll be glad to work with you. Which injuries did you sustain? Common pedestrian accident injuries include broken bones, concussions, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, deep bruises, internal organ damage, and back injuries. At speeds of 40 mph and above, pedestrian accidents are frequently fatal.

Contact our pedestrian accident attorneys today

Once you retain Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we'll be your voice, representing your interests and protecting your legal rights in negotiations with the insurance company. We'll help you get your medical bills paid and guide you through the process of filing a claim, and we'll cover all of the costs out of our own funds until we win for you.

Get started today. The sooner we can start working on your case, the easier it will be to protect your legal rights. Call 1-800-898-HAYS to schedule your free consultation.

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