How Did Your Pedestrian Accident Happen?
Since 1993, our law firm has helped injured pedestrians seek justice
Being hit by a car while you're on foot is, to say the least, an intensely traumatic experience. The first step toward getting the compensation you need to move forward is understanding how the pedestrian accident happened. That's because your attorney needs to prove negligence on the part of the motorist in order to sue for damages.
- Distracted Driver
- Speeding Driver
- Hit and Run Accident
- Crosswalk Accident
- Hit While Walking Alongside Road
Regardless of the circumstances, pedestrians injured in accidents face an uphill battle to be fairly compensated for their injuries. That's because you'll be dealing with an insurance company representing the motorist who hit you, not your own insurance. Their priority is to protect their client and reduce their own liability, which means they'll do whatever they can to reduce or deny your claim.
That's why you need an attorney who knows how to handle the insurance companies. That's why you should call Gary Martin Hays & Associates. Our founder, Gary Martin Hays, and many of our associate attorneys used to work for the insurance companies. We know how they operate, we know what they want to hear, and most importantly, we know how to work with them to get a settlement that pays for the full cost of the accident.
Pedestrian accidents are always big cases, and while most settle out of court, some go all the way to trial. We're prepared to stay with you every step of the way, and we won't charge you a dime until we've recovered for you. If we don't win, we don't get paid. It's that simple.
Unfortunately, pedestrians are often hit by distracted drivers while crossing the road, especially in large urban areas such as Atlanta. Texting while driving is one of the most common types of distracted driving, but motorists also put pedestrians at risk by grooming, eating, adjusting the radio and entering data into GPS devices while driving (among other distracting activities). Motorists have a responsibility to pay attention to the road while they are driving. When they don't, we'll interview witnesses, review cell phone records and find the evidence we need to hold them accountable.
Even low-speed pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries, but when the driver is traveling at an unsafe speed, the injuries caused are usually especially severe. Remember, even if the driver in question was ticketed for speeding, that doesn't mean you'll automatically receive compensation. The police don't work for you. We're on your side - and we'll prove that the driver who hit you was liable for your injuries.
Georgia law requires drivers to stop at the scene of an accident causing injury, including a pedestrian accident. If your accident was a hit-and-run, you need to report it to the police immediately so that they can investigate. Then, contact us. If the driver is found, we'll fight to hold him or her accountable, which may include pursuing punitive damages due to the driver's reckless conduct in leaving the scene.
Under Georgia law, drivers are expected to yield to pedestrians who are legally using a crosswalk. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to do so, whether because they're distracted, intoxicated or just in a hurry. If you were hurt while legally crossing the street, you have legal rights. Our legal team will interview witnesses and take whatever steps are needed to protect those rights.
If the vehicle that hit you left the roadway, negligence on the part of the driver was almost certainly involved. He or she may have been distracted, driving under the influence or even asleep at the wheel. You didn't do anything wrong, and you shouldn't have to pay for injuries someone else caused. Call us today. We'll thoroughly investigate your accident and fight for the compensation you need.