Were you or a loved one injured when you were struck by a car in Smyrna? If you were, we can help you hold the at-fault driver financially responsible for their negligence. With our help, you can recoup the costs of your medical bills and income losses. We also assess additional recoverable damages and clarify the appropriate statute of limitations.
At Kaine Law, our Smyrna pedestrian accident lawyer will obtain your police report and use it to contact all involved parties on your behalf. We will also gather additional evidence that helps us prove the cause of your accident and the costs of your injuries. We will assign a value to your case and help you negotiate a favorable settlement.
Pedestrian Accidents and Fatalities in Georgia
The state of Georgia is serious about keeping its pedestrians safe. As a pedestrian, you also have the responsibility to exercise caution and cross streets and roads carefully. Like most cities, Smyrna has pedestrian signals that provide safety and control at crosswalks. In addition, state law requires motorists to stop and to stay stopped when pedestrians are in crosswalks.
Even with laws like these in place, pedestrians and vehicles still collide. According to Governor’s Office of Highway Safety In Georgia statistics, there were 236 pedestrian accident fatalities across the state in 2019. If you or someone you love was injured in a vehicle versus pedestrian accident, our personal injury law firm will help you fight to recover damages from the at-fault party. These include:
Bills will start coming in right at the accident scene and will not stop until you reach maximum medical improvement. They can include all past and future medical care related to the accident — emergency room treatment, hospital admission, assistive medical devices, in-home health care support, and treatment-related travel expenses.
We help you fight to recover the costs of your current and future anticipated losses of income. You can also recoup any PTO (paid time off) or vacation time you used due to the accident and compensation for loss of your future earning capacity.
These expenses are varied and can include compensation for lasting physical disabilities and potentially permanently disfiguring injuries. It also includes past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and your loss of enjoyment of life.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Smyrna, call 404-214-2001
Do Not Put Your Right to Compensation at Risk
Georgia’s contributory negligence law (O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33) can put your right to recovery at risk. It holds that you can only recover the percentage of damages for which you are not at fault.
At Kaine Law, our pedestrian accident lawyer is committed to helping you fight for the best possible outcome of your case. That includes proving your contribution to the accident in Smyrna was non-existent or minimal.
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Make the Time After Your Accident Work for You
Taking too much time to initiate a legal case can also put your right to compensation at risk. In fact, it can prohibit you from seeking compensation at all. In Georgia, according to:
- O.C.G.A § 9-3-33, the personal injury statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident
- O.C.G.A § 9-3-33 also governs the wrongful death statute of limitations which is generally two years from the date of demise
- O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5, you generally have six months to file a claim against a government agency whose vehicle or personnel was involved in your accident
Our team will help you avoid the financial costs of missing the required filing and notification deadlines.
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Proving Negligence Is Critical to Your Case
To assign financial liability to the at-fault driver, we start by collecting evidence that proves they caused the accident by negligence. To prove negligence, you are required to establish the following four legal components:
- The at-fault driver owed you a duty of care
- Their actions constitute a breach of duty
- Their breach was the causation of your injuries
- Your financial damages were caused by their action
We prove these elements with evidence that establishes the cause of the accident. It will also prove the accident caused your injuries, their cost, and the expenses and financial losses that stem from them.
This evidence includes:
Your official police report will contain details about the driver, the vehicle they were driving, and their insurance company. It will also provide details on any factors that contributed to the accident such as distractions, failure to yield the right of way, intoxication, and failure to obey traffic signs and signals.
Your medical records will help us calculate the cost of your treatment to date. They will also help us understand the cost of any future treatment your injuries will require. Medical costs can include emergency room fees, hospital admissions, surgeries, in-home assistance, assistive medical devices, and required medications.
Photos and Videos
With the prevalence of smartphones and other mobile devices today, we may be able to locate supportive photos and videos taken by bystanders and witnesses. Where available, we also canvass the accident scene and surrounding area for traffic cameras, dash-cams, and residential and surveillance photos and videos.
Because they are often viewed as objective and impartial, independent witness statements can support your personal injury case. Their statements can provide impartial insight and observations of the accident from varying points of view. Our pedestrian accident team will locate and interview any available witnesses on your behalf.
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With decades of experience, our personal injury team will go to work on your case. Our pedestrian accident lawyer will help you negotiate a favorable settlement or take your case to court in Smyrna. Leave the insurance company to us and focus on your physical recovery.
Contact one of our case review team members at Kaine Law by calling (404) 214-2001 today.