Pedestrians have the same rights as all other road users. Yet, some motorists in Valdosta don’t respect these rights. When that happens, serious accidents can occur.
Did you or a loved one suffer harm as a pedestrian in Lowndes County? If so, Kaine Law is ready to champion your legal rights. A Valdosta pedestrian accident lawyer from our team will investigate your collision, negotiate for what you need, and advocate for you in court.
The Statute of Limitations for Valdosta Pedestrian Accident Cases
One crucial law in your Valdosta pedestrian accident lawsuit is the statute of limitations. It specifies your time limit for filing a lawsuit.
Under O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you only have two years to bring the suit to court. The same filing period applies if you’re filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If you miss the filing deadline, you could lose the right to seek damages.
Kaine Law will file your case within the applicable deadlines if a lawsuit is necessary. Yet, it’s critical that we learn about your situation first.
Some Tolling Exceptions May Apply
Your lawsuit may have tolling exceptions that extend your filing deadline. Your pedestrian accident lawyer in Valdosta can assess your situation and determine whether any extensions apply.
You could have longer than the standard two-year period to file your case if:
- You were hurt as a minor. You could have additional time from the date of your 18th birthday to file.
- If the at-fault motorist leaves Georgia, the statute of limitations will resume when they return to the state.
- The at-fault party fled the accident scene and concealed their identity.
Don’t assume that any exceptions apply to your case without consulting our legal team first. The courts will not make any exceptions if you misunderstand the deadline and file your case outside the two-year period.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Valdosta, call 404-214-2001
We’re Ready to Pursue Everything You Need for Your Injury-Related Losses
Through an insurance claim or lawsuit, you can recover both economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages comprise your financial losses, which may include:
- Hospitalizations, medical treatments, and prescription medications
- Lost wages or business profits (if you are unable to go to work or manage your business due to your injuries)
- Replacement services (for instance, if you were disabled and had to hire cleaning services)
- Funeral and burial expenses (if a loved one passed away)
On the other hand, non-economic damages pay for your non-financial losses. Examples include:
- Disabilities and disfigurements
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional trauma
We will assess your injuries and calculate what constitutes a fair settlement offer. We will add up your medical bills, consult with economists, and evaluate your mental health to accomplish this.
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Determining Fault for Your Pedestrian Accident in Valdosta
Even if you were hurt by another motorist, you could share some fault for what happened. For instance, as a pedestrian, you must use crosswalks, follow traffic signals, and yield to vehicles in certain situations.
If you fail to do these things, and you’re determined to be at fault, this could affect how much you can recover. For instance, if your damages total $1 million, and it’s determined you contributed to 30 percent of the accident, you could recover $700,000.
You can learn more about Georgia’s contributory negligence laws during your free case review.
Managing Your Insurance Claim
All motorists are required to carry insurance in Georgia, per the Office of Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire. So, if a negligent driver caused your accident, we can file a claim with their insurance provider.
An insurance settlement could cover the cost of your medical bills and other related expenses. To advance your lawsuit, your lawyer will present your case’s evidence, review the liable policy’s limits, and fight for what you need.
Filing Your Civil Lawsuit
While we resolve many injury claims through insurance settlements, we’re prepared to file a lawsuit if:
- The insurance company refuses to offer what you need.
- The liable party denies liability.
- The applicable insurance policy does not fully cover your losses.
To advance your lawsuit, we will assess statements from witnesses, file your lawsuit in the appropriate court, and pursue damages. You can also trust that we’ll file your case within the applicable statute of limitations.
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You Can Pursue Damages Even If the Other Party Faces Criminal Charges
According to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-93, all motorists must employ safe driving practices to avoid hitting pedestrians. If they don’t, they could face criminal charges. For instance, if you were hit by a drunk driver, they could face a drunk driving conviction.
This would not bar you from seeking compensation for your hardships. However, a “guilty” verdict would not automatically yield financial recovery. The criminal case against the negligent motorist would be different than your civil case against them.
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Listen to What Our Previous Clients Have To Share About Us
When asked about their experience with our legal team, some of our previous clients have shared:
- “After my husband died, I knew I needed help fighting the insurance company. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own so I called Evan. Evan Kaine fought for me and got me results.” – P.A.
- “When I got hurt, I didn’t know what to do. I contacted Evan and I’m glad that I did. He came to visit me in the hospital and gave me the comfort and confidence that I wanted in my attorney. He’s a fighter.” – J.L.
- “I didn’t know where to turn until I called Evan and his office went right to work for me. I strongly recommend Attorney Evan Kaine.” – M.W.
We Are Here to Help with Your Pedestrian Accident Case
Getting injured in a car accident as a pedestrian can have life-changing physical, emotional, and financial consequences. Kaine Law understands your struggles and offers its legal expertise.
Our legal team serving Valdosta is ready to pursue compensation for your losses today. Exploring your options begins with a free, no-pressure case review.