Elderly Pedestrian Accident Claims
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Learn about elderly pedestrian accident claims with the Dressie Law Firm. Our attorneys guide you through legal rights, claim procedures, and compensation processes. Call us now.
Understanding the Rights of the Elderly During Pedestrian Accidents
Older people make up a significant percentage of pedestrian accidents. According to the CDC, a fifth of fatal pedestrian crashes involve older people. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Georgia, you can seek compensation and hold the liable party responsible.
Your journey to fair compensation starts with understanding your rights as a pedestrian, your duties, and the law. An experienced lawyer can provide the necessary legal counsel every step of the way.
Reach out to Dressie Law Firm for compassionate and dedicated legal representation. We’re an experienced team of personal injury lawyers with experience in accidents involving the elderly. Let our attorneys handle your or your loved one’s personal injury claim as you focus on recovery.
Understanding Elderly Pedestrian Accidents
A report published by the CDC noted that nearly 8,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2021. The report shows that elderly people over 65 years accounted for 21% of the fatalities. Speed, location, car size, and alcohol led the list of risk factors.
Negligent driving remains the most common cause of accidents. Unfortunately, the impact is more likely to be fatal or result in significant injuries when an older person is involved.
Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Pedestrians
Being a victim of a car accident can be traumatic regardless of who is liable. You are entitled to compensation for all damages if you’re not at fault for the crash, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Families of those killed in an accident can also file a wrongful death claim.
Every driver has a responsibility to follow traffic signals, especially at a pedestrian crossing. Reckless, distracted, speeding, and impaired drivers are often liable for pedestrian accidents. However, pedestrians can be at fault when they fail to abide by traffic rules, especially when crossing outside a designated crosswalk. In this case, the fault may be shared, and the percentage of their fault may lower the victim’s compensation.
If you’re hit by a vehicle, our attorneys at Dressie Law Firm can help protect your rights and interests. We can investigate your case to ensure that the fault is attributed accurately. Contact us for a free case review today.
The Claims Process for Pedestrian Accidents
Every pedestrian accident case is unique, but the claims process is often the same. Here are the steps involved in filing a pedestrian accident claim:
Seek medical treatment: Accidents involving an elderly person can result in catastrophic injuries. Even if you don’t see visible injuries, visit a licensed doctor for a comprehensive checkup. Keep the receipts for all bills you incur.
Get a lawyer: Consult an attorney to learn about your legal options and understand your rights. Your attorney will assess your claim and advise you on the best course of action.
Gather evidence: Your attorney will investigate your accident and gather crucial evidence such as CCTV recordings, witness testimony, and photographs of the scene. Your medical records will also be crucial in proving the extent of your injuries and medical expenses.
File your Claim: Your attorney will file your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and negotiate for a fair settlement. If negotiations fail, your attorney may recommend taking your case to court.
How an Attorney Can Help
Evidence gathering for a personal injury claim starts where the accident happened. However, as the victim, you may be unable to gather evidence at the scene. Our Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys can start an investigation as soon as you contact us.
If your loved one is struck by a vehicle, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Experienced attorneys can provide legal guidance throughout the claims process. You need their legal knowledge to guide your steps and explain your rights.
Lawyers can enter negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or solicitors to reach a reasonable settlement offer. More serious injuries like head injury and organ damage often involve significant monetary compensation. Such cases are best left to a qualified attorney.
Dressie Law Firm lawyers have handled personal injury cases for twenty years combined. We can build a strong case and advocate for the best possible outcome.
Consult a Pedestrian Accident Attorney for Free
Accidents involving elderly pedestrians are more likely to be fatal. Even when pedestrian deaths are avoided, the injuries can be significant, leading to permanent disabilities or chronic pain. Legal counsel can help you get compensation for present and future medical care expenses besides all sustained damages from the liable driver involved in the crash.
At Dressie Law Firm, we have attorneys experienced in helping injured people and obtaining maximum compensation. We can help you file a claim and defend your right to a fair settlement.
Contact us today for experienced and compassionate legal representation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
Liability for a pedestrian crash depends on the circumstances of each case. Many parties, including drivers, local authorities, motor vehicle manufacturers, and pedestrians, can be liable. However, negligent drivers are often responsible for most traffic accidents.
How Is Accident Liability Determined in Georgia?
Georgia is an at-fault state, meaning the party responsible for the accident is held liable. To determine liability, the court examines the evidence presented, such as video footage, eyewitnesses, expert witnesses, police reports, medical records, and other documents. The negligent party is held responsible for causing the accident.
When Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
You can file a lawsuit immediately after your accident. The earlier you file, the better. However, Georgia has a two-year statute of limitation for victims of pedestrian accidents. You should file a lawsuit before this period expires. An experienced lawyer can help you file the necessary paperwork on time.
How Much Compensation Can I Get for a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
Settlements for personal injury claims vary depending on the injuries and damages suffered. Attorneys can help you claim compensation for all damages, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more.
The Dressie Law Firm Can Help You
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