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When you cross a street anywhere in Georgia, the last concern you should have is getting hit by a car. The unfortunate truth is that you could cross streets hundreds of times without incident.
If you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could be struck by a distracted driver. There is only so much that you can do to protect yourself from such an accident.
That said, if you are hit by a car at a crosswalk or elsewhere, a personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you may deserve.
Pedestrian accidents can have devastating effects, from broken bones and severe injuries to emotional distress or depression. These accidents are commonly fatal, especially if the victim is a child, elderly, or has a debilitating medical condition.
No matter the circumstance, the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm is committed to advocating for your rights.
No Georgian should live in fear of crossing the street due to distracted, drunk, or irresponsible drivers. To that end, Ali Awad and his team strive to ensure that your story is heard and that you’re treated fairly while navigating the legal system.
The CEO Lawyer has won millions of dollars for clients in a few short years. See how he can help you when you call (833) 254-2923 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation case review today.
Statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) show that Georgia has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths in the United States. The fatality rates have skyrocketed in recent years: crosswalk deaths rose by nearly 60 percent between January to June 2019 and January to June 2022.
It’s also worth noting that 84 percent of pedestrian deaths happen overnight, and 95 percent of these deaths happen outside of crosswalks (in other words, many accidents happen while jaywalking).
The numbers don’t lie: pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Georgia. If you’re hit by a car, an accident attorney will help you by:
Pedestrian accidents can occur in any place at any time. If you’re driving, you can’t let your guard down since a pedestrian could show up instantaneously — inside or outside of a crosswalk.
If you’re a pedestrian, you should always be watchful for moving cars, even in unexpected areas. Nevertheless, reckless and dangerous drivers can still cause a pedestrian accident. The factors described below often contribute to pedestrian-vehicle accidents.
Drivers are more likely to get distracted or confused in poor driving conditions. Navigating rain, snow, ice, darkness, or traffic requires focus and care.
If a driver miscalculates their speed or fails to notice someone crossing the street, the results could be devastating.
If you’re driving in poor conditions, protect yourself by using your headlights and windshield wipers. Make sure to utilize your turn signals and leave plenty of room for braking. In urban areas, reduce your speed and frequently scan crosswalks or crowded streets (even if you have the right of way).
If you’re walking on the roads in poor conditions, wear reflective clothing and only cross the street in designated areas. Remain on sidewalks and watch vehicles closely at all times.
Unfortunately, many drivers in the modern age are tempted to text and drive. People may even access social media apps or record themselves while driving.
In addition to phones, distractions can occur if you’re eating behind the wheel, dealing with kids or pets in the car, talking with passengers, fiddling with the radio or other devices, or multitasking in general. Undoubtedly, these distracting activities threaten the safety of other commuters and pedestrians.
Obstacles and people can appear on roads without warning. Therefore, you should eliminate distractions as much as possible.
When driving, keep your phone in a spot where you won’t automatically reach for it. Reduce the temptation to respond to texts or notifications by turning on “do not disturb” mode or powering the phone down.
As much as you can, eat food, chat with friends, or help children settle in before you start driving.
If you’re a pedestrian, remain alert at crosswalks and sidewalks. Don’t use your phone while crossing the street or navigating a busy roadway.
Further, watch the cars around you for signs of distracted driving. If a car is drifting, swerving, or moving much faster or slower than the posted speed limit, do your best to steer clear.
Drunk driving is still a significant risk, even in the modern age of ridesharing apps and anti-drunk driving campaigns. Alcohol often impairs a person’s ability to rationalize, slows down their reaction times, and clouds their judgment.
Drunk driving is illegal in every state since the consequences can be so dire.
If you’re going to an event or a night out with friends, use ridesharing apps or arrange for transportation beforehand so that you’re not tempted to drive yourself. Let another friend or family member know your plans so that they can check in and ensure you have a safe way to get home.
As a pedestrian, watch for signs of erratic driving, like swerving, slowing and stopping, or drifting. Maintain a distance from unsafe cars when possible.
Learning to drive can be intimidating. Understandably, young or inexperienced drivers make mistakes as they discover the rules of the road and get used to operating a vehicle.
A new driver may underestimate the amount of time it takes to stop a vehicle, overcorrect during a turn, or fail to notice a stop sign.
If you’re a new driver, move slowly and carefully to ensure that you don’t miss road signs. Practice driving in safe, controlled environments, like empty parking lots or quiet streets, so that you can get used to your car’s braking system.
Remember to use turn signals and lights to maximize your visibility.
As a pedestrian, the best way to stay safe is to watch the surrounding traffic. Situational awareness can go a long way toward avoiding unsafe cars.
Lastly, jaywalking is a significant risk factor. Many pedestrian accidents occur outside of designated crosswalks. As a result, drivers need to watch for pedestrians anywhere on the road and at all times.
As a pedestrian, avoid jaywalking as much as you can. While not technically against Georgia law, it’s still a dangerous move that could end in disaster.
If you’ve been hit by a car while crossing the street, the CEO Lawyer Firm will stand up for your legal rights. Serving Atlanta and beyond, Ali Awad and his team have claimed millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards for clients in recent years.
With a 99.5% success rate, the CEO Lawyer is the advocate you need.
A pedestrian accident can leave you stuck with thousands of dollars in medical bills, physical disabilities, mental and emotional distress, and other complications. You deserve to meet with a professional who can help you receive the compensation you may be entitled to.
We are committed to helping you identify all responsible parties so that you can then claim the maximum compensation available. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our experienced firm today when you call (833) 254-2923 or contact us online.
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After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process. Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today. We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.