If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, you deserve compensation for your economic losses, as well as the pain and suffering your injury caused.
A Savannah pedestrian accident lawyer from Kaine Law can investigate your case, identify at-fault parties, and hold them accountable.
How Much Financial Compensation do You Get for Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident?
The damages – or financial compensation – you could receive for your pedestrian accident injuries depends on their type and severity. Injuries for a pedestrian accident can run the gamut, from minor to life-altering, and can include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries (including bruises, sprains, tears, and lacerations)
- Injuries to the face, neck, and head
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Emotional trauma
- Fatal injuries
Severe injuries typically generate more damages because the more severe your injury, the higher the medical bills and the more time you could miss from work.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Savannah, call 404-214-2001
Types of Damages Often Linked to Pedestrian Accidents
Depending on your pedestrian accident injuries and the consequences they are imposing, you could collect several types of damages, including:
- Medical and surgical treatments
- Prescription medications
- Emergency transportation
- Physical therapy
- Physical rehabilitation
- Imaging, diagnostic, and other lab tests
- Lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering
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Savannah Wrongful Death Cases
When motor vehicles and human beings collide, the result can be fatal for the pedestrian. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 pedestrians died from traffic accident injuries in 2017.
If your loved one suffered a fatal accident in Savannah, their surviving spouse, children, or parents (in that order) can seek compensation on their behalf. Wrongful death compensation includes many of the same awards your loved one could have pursued with a personal injury case if they had lived. Surviving family members may also receive compensation for the loss of the deceased’s care, companionship, and advice.
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How Our Law Firm Works to Recover Damages on Your Behalf
Many steps are involved in getting the compensation you deserve for your pedestrian accident. At a time when you are recovering from your physical injuries, as well as the emotional trauma of the incident, our lawyers can step in to relieve you of this challenge.
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We Will Investigate Your Pedestrian Accident to Prove Fault
The more evidence we gather, the stronger your case will be. To identify who caused your injuries, we will:
- Visit the scene of the pedestrian accident
- Analyze photos and traffic camera footage
- Review the police report
- Interview witnesses
- Study the driving history of anyone involved in the accident
- Consult with an accident reconstruction specialist
We Will Establish Liability
Before the at-fault party can be held liable for your accident, we must shape your case to meet the legal definition of negligence. This includes proving:
- Duty of care: The at-fault party had a legal responsibility to act in a way that would keep you safe.
- Breach of duty: The at-fault party violated their duty of care.
- Causation: This breach of duty caused the pedestrian accident and your injuries.
- Damages: You suffered losses that can be recovered with financial compensation.
Our lawyers will use evidence from our investigation to support each of the above arguments and prove negligence, so you are eligible for compensation.
We Will Calculate Your Damages
Medical damages will include the past and future costs of your injury. Lost income and benefits will account for work days you missed, as well as any diminished future earnings because of your injury.
Pain and suffering will take several factors into account, including:
- Economic or out-of-pocket losses
- The extent of your injuries
- Diminished quality of life
- Anticipated recovery period
- Time missed from work
- Any permanent disability
Some of these assessments will require the insights of experts in the fields of medicine, economics, occupational therapy, and psychology. We have access to these resources, and we will use them to ensure your damages reflect your true losses.
We Will Negotiate with Insurance Companies Toward a Fair Settlement
Insurance companies protect their profits by denying and undervaluing claims. They can make it difficult to negotiate by stalling the claims process in hopes that you will give up on collecting compensation – then be happy to accept whatever lowball settlement they offer.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers will not let the insurance companies get away with these tactics. We will:
- Present them with a demand letter outlining the cost of your losses
- Hold them accountable for the aspects of the at-fault party’s liability policy that gives you the right to collect compensation
- Handle all communications with the insurer
- Protect you against the insurance company’s bad faith acts
Savannah Law Protects Claimants from Bad-Faith Insurers
Our Savannah pedestrian accident lawyers will make sure the involved insurance companies respect your rights under the law. O.C.G.A. § 33-6-34, outlines prohibited unfair claims practices, including:
- Misrepresenting relevant facts or policy provisions pertaining to coverage
- Failing to respond to communications and claims in a timely fashion
- Failing to adopt procedures for prompt claims investigations and settlements
- Refusing claims without an investigation
- Failing to provide a reasonable explanation for the denial of a claim
If you have difficulty with an insurer, you do not have to take them on alone. Let us use our experience working with insurance companies on your behalf. We will stand up for you and protect you from intimidation, pressure, unlawful delays, low-ball settlements, and settlement denials. If necessary, we can even take on bad-faith insurers in court.
Our Legal Services Get You Compensation or They Cost You Nothing
Our law firm receives excellent reviews and ratings from clients. We are passionate about helping the injured people of Savannah, and our results over decades of service reflect our commitment to justice. Our case results include multimillion-dollar settlements for victims injured by negligence and wrongdoing.
We represent your case on a contingency basis. This means that you only pay our legal fees if we win you a settlement or court award. In addition, your initial consultation is free of charge.
Who Is Liable After a Savannah Pedestrian Accident?
Savannah prides itself on the city’s walkability and makes great strides to protect pedestrians with the Fare Free Downtown Transit System, “talking” signals, and “Complete Streets.” However, pedestrian accidents still occur. In fact, according to WTOC News, on average, 11 pedestrian accidents happen in Savannah each month. Depending on the cause, distinct types of parties could be liable.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents Where the Driver Could be Liable
- Texting while driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents Where the Government Could be Liable
- Poorly maintained roads
- Malfunctioning traffic signal
- Failure to address a dangerous intersection
- Inadequately lit road
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents Where Other Parties Could be Liable
- Defective motor vehicle parts (manufacturer could be liable)
- Commercial truck collision (trucking company could be liable)
You Can Seek Compensation Even If You Bear Some Liability for Your Accident
You can still seek partial compensation for a personal injury, even if your own actions contributed to your accident. According to O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33, you can seek damages as long as your own degree of responsibility does not exceed that of the other party. However, any degree of fault under 50 percent that the court assigns you will reduce your awards by that percentage.
For example, say you suffered injuries during an accident involving a speeding driver, but at the time, you were jaywalking, and the court deems you 20 percent at fault. If you win $100,000 you would receive $80,000. But, if the court finds you 51 percent at fault or greater, it will bar you from collecting damages.
Though the comparative negligence statute does not strictly apply to insurance claims, insurance adjusters know the law and will consider any amount of responsibility you have and use it to reduce your settlement. This makes it all the more vital that you build a strong case proving another party’s negligence and liability.
Your Time to Take Legal Action Is Limited By Savannah Law
The last thing you should do is wait to call our law firm about your pedestrian accident. Georgia’s statutes of limitations imposes deadlines for filing lawsuits for injuries after such an incident.
O.C.G.A § 9-3-33 establishes a deadline of two years, generally, from the date of your pedestrian accident to take legal action against a liable party for personal injuries or wrongful death. If you plan to sue a government agency, O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5 generally gives you six months to file a claim.
The sooner you hire us, the more time you give us to build your case, negotiate with insurers, and file a lawsuit (if necessary) within the statutory timeframe before it expires.
Our Savannah Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Will Fight to Get You Compensation
Let our personal injury lawyers work on your behalf to recover the losses from your pedestrian accident. Attorney Evan Kaine has been recognized as one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers. He and his legal team vigorously protect the rights of pedestrians injured through the negligence of others.
Find Out More About How Our Savannah Attorneys Can Serve You
To learn more about seeking justice, call Kaine Law at (404) 214-2001
today for a free consultation. A member of our team is available 24/7 to take your call and provide you with a free case evaluation. We can answer your questions and connect you with a Savannah pedestrian accident lawyer.