Savannah Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Savannah is a pedestrian-friendly city, but pedestrians often sustain severe injuries in accidents involving other vehicles. At Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers, our team is here to help if you need a Savannah pedestrian accident attorney by your side. We have an extensive track record of success helping personal injury victims throughout this area, and we know what it takes to recover total compensation for your losses.
Choose Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers for Help Today
- At Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers, we are some of the southeast region’s top litigators, and our team has extensive experience helping Savannah personal injury victims recover compensation.
- We specialize in helping individuals who sustain catastrophic injuries, which is important because pedestrian accidents often lead to complex situations.
- Our team handles Savannah pedestrian accident claims on a contingency fee basis, which means clients will pay us no legal fees until we recover compensation for their losses.
How Will an Attorney Help a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
Pedestrian accident claims can be challenging, particularly when it comes to handling insurance carriers. The good news is that an attorney can step in early in the case and conduct a full investigation. They will look for a variety of evidence to determine liability, including:
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Video surveillance footage
- Photographs were taken at the scene
- The police report
A personal injury lawyer in Savannah will also make sure that their client is fully evaluated by trusted medical professionals, and they will enlist assistance from economic experts to calculate expected losses. Using this information, a pedestrian accident lawyer in Savannah will negotiate with aggressive insurance carriers to recover compensation.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries and Compensation
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can lead to significant injuries. Our bodies do not have any protection from the direct force of a vehicle, and even a slow-moving impact can cause severe trauma.
Some of the most common injuries that we help clients with include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe internal trauma
- Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
- Lacerations and road rash
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional and psychological trauma
Our ultimate goal is to recover full compensation for our client’s losses. This includes coverage of medical expenses, physical therapy and rehabilitation, prescription medications, lost wages, out-of-pocket losses, pain and suffering damages, and more.
There is no set amount of money paid out to pedestrian accident victims in Savannah. Rather, the total compensation amount will revolve around the severity of the injuries, how long it takes to recover, how quickly a person can return to work, and other factors. Responsibility for these expenses typically falls to the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier. If necessary, an attorney can help file a lawsuit against the driver and the insurance carrier to recover total compensation.
If you’re a pedestrian who is involved in an accident with a vehicle, it’s likely that you will be able to recover compensation for any damages or losses that you incur. The most common compensation a pedestrian can recover includes lost wages, often including lost future wages, medical expenses including physical and occupational therapy, the replacement of any valuables that were destroyed or went missing in the accident, and possibly therapy as well for the psychological trauma you may experience.
In Georgia, it’s also possible to recover punitive damages, which are awarded to punish the defendant for engaging in particularly egregious behavior. If the court determines that the driver’s actions displayed willful misconduct, malice, oppression, wantonness, fraud or gross negligence, you may be eligible for punitive damages. Whether punitive damages are awarded is based on the unique facts of each circumstance. An experienced lawyer can help determine if you can recover this type of compensation.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
There are many reasons that pedestrian accidents occur, and so many of them are completely preventable. Anytime a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the outcome can be devastating for the pedestrian. They aren’t protected by a car or anything except hopefully a helmet. While helmets can help, severe injuries are still possible. Two of the main reasons that pedestrian accidents occur include the following:
Driving Under the Influence:
Anytime a driver is operating a vehicle after consuming any type of mind-altering substance, there is a significantly higher risk for an accident to occur. This is incredibly dangerous and is always avoidable.
Driver Fails to Follow Rules of the Road:
Any time a driver fails to follow the rules, accidents are possible. This often includes speeding, not using a turn signal, having headlights or taillights that aren’t working, failing to stop for a red light, speeding through a stop sign, being distracted and/or tired, and just generally failing to pay close enough attention to the road and the others they are sharing it with.
It’s also incredibly important that pedestrians follow the rules too. They should always cross at the designated crosswalks and look both ways to ensure a car isn’t coming, even if the pedestrian has the right of way. If a pedestrian isn’t following the rules and is struck by a vehicle, the pedestrian will not be able to recover as much compensation. If they are determined to be 50 percent or more responsible for the incident, they will be barred from recovering any compensation
What Do I Need to Do Before Filing a Claim?
While an experienced lawyer will help you file a claim, it’s important to know some of the steps you should take. One of the most important things to remember is that all personal injury cases have a statute of limitations. This means that if you don’t file your claim within a specified period of time, you won’t be able to file it at all. In almost all claims in Georgia, this type of claim must be filed within 2 years after the accident. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better chance you have of being successful and ensuring that you don’t miss the deadline.
It’s also incredibly important to gather as much evidence as possible, especially before you’ve hired your attorney. If you’re able to, it’s wise to take pictures of the accident scene as well as any visible injuries you’ve suffered. Also, photograph any valuable items that were destroyed during the accident. It’s also important to remember that there might be a camera that recorded the incident. This could be from a business security camera, a doorbell camera, or an eyewitness on the scene. If you don’t request this footage right away, you run the risk of not being able to recover it if it’s deleted.
Before filing a claim, it’s also important to address your medical concerns. If you were injured, you should always seek medical treatment. Keep track of how much you spend by organizing your medical bills and writing down all treatments and tests you received.
Call a Savannah Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the negligence of another driver, reach out to the team at Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers for help today. We will use our resources to investigate your case, gather the evidence needed to determine liability, and handle all communication with the insurance carriers involved. We have no problem taking your case all the way to a jury trial if that is what is necessary to win. When you need a Savannah pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by filling out our form or calling us at (912) 355-1909.