Were you in a pedestrian accident in Monroe, Georgia?
If so, the number of pedestrian accidents in Georgia may be higher than you think. In 2017 alone, Georgia had over 250 pedestrian deaths.
Please see below a breakdown on Georgia pedestrian accidents which includes:
- Causes of pedestrian accidents
- Common injuries due to pedestrian accidents
- Investigation needed for proving fault in pedestrian accidents
- Monetary damages victims can receive from pedestrian accidents
CAUSES OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
Causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving such as texting and driving
- Drunk driving
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Falling asleep at the wheel
COMMON INJURIES DUE TO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Cuts and road burns
- Brain injuries
INVESTIGATION NEEDED FOR PROVING FAULT IN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
The first step in investigating a pedestrian accident is to obtain the police report. The police report is official documentation of the pedestrian accident, and will include the date, time, and location of the pedestrian accident, as well as the persons involved in the pedestrian accident.
Interviewing the responding officer as well as any witnesses to the accident is also important, as the officer and witnesses will likely be the strongest witnesses for you at trial.
For objective evidence, it is vital to obtain any security or surveillance video footage of the pedestrian accident. If the pedestrian accident occurred near a business, the business may have cameras that recorded the accident. Many of these surveillance systems only save footage for 30 days, so it is important to obtain this evidence quickly before it disappears.
When the case warrants it, an expert accident reconstructionist may be needed to prove fault. This requires hiring an outside expert to inspect the accident scene and the vehicle involved in the accident.
MONETARY DAMAGES VICTIMS CAN RECEIVE FROM PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
If you are a pedestrian accident victim in Monroe, Georgia, you are entitled to the following damages:
Special damages are those that can be easily calculated, such as medical bills and lost wages. If you are a pedestrian accident victim in Monroe, Georgia and have medical bills from the accident and had to miss work and a paycheck because of your injuries, you have a claim for your medical bills and lost wages.
General damages are different from special damages in that they cannot be easily calculated like medical bills and lost wages. General damages are damages such as pain and suffering. Accident victims are entitled to both physical pain and suffering and mental pain and suffering. If you are a pedestrian accident victim in Monroe, Georgia and have suffered both physically and mentally due to the accident, you have a claim for pain and suffering.
CONTACT BARTLETT BENTON
If you are a Monroe, Georgia pedestrian accident victim and would like a free case evaluation, please call Bartlett at 770-365-6414.