In Central Georgia, a truck driver walking to a Family Dollar store after leaving his truck was killed by a two-car collision. The car accident left the drivers and any passengers in the vehicle without injuries and was considered a minor accident by authorities. However, the pedestrian struck by one of the vehicles died less than an hour after the accident at a medical facility. The recent Georgia pedestrian accident is a reminder of the danger of the roadways, even when vehicles aren’t traveling at high speeds and pedestrians exercise caution.
Injured pedestrians or family members of walkers and runners killed by an automobile may be able to recover compensation for the cost of medical expenses, lost wages from the inability to work, funeral expenses, and other applicable kinds of economic loss. The injured pedestrian or estate of the deceased must show the driver responsible for the accident was acting negligently, and that this negligence caused the accident and the resulting injuries. Drivers are obligated to follow the rules of the road and to drive safely, but failure to do so means they are liable to those who are injured.
When serious, or catastrophic, injuries are sustained, other avenues of compensation or legal relief may be necessary to pursue. Occasionally, other people or entities may share in the responsibility for damages to be paid to the injured or the deceased’s estate. If the at-fault driver was under an “umbrella” policy, the driver’s family member’s or employer’s policy may be available for additional compensation. The pedestrian’s own auto insurance policy, depending on the type of coverage obtained, may also be available if policy limits fall far below the cost of medical expenses. In Georgia, all motorists are required to carry bodily injury liability insurance coverage for $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident, but not all drivers follow the law and an injured’s Uninsured/Underinsured coverage may be called upon to provide the financial relief needed.
If poor roadway conditions or unkept property lent to the accident, government entities or property owners may also share in the liability. Defective manufacturing in the car, motorcycle, or truck may also play a role. Slick roadways or defective breaks are both common causes of vehicular accidents. Due to so many possible factors, a thorough investigation following an accident and appropriate medical care is essential to fully exploring all available remedies. Under Georgia law, personal injury claims must be filed within two years from the date of the injury, so it is best to act as quickly as possible with counsel who fully understand how insurance companies proceed after accidents, insurance policy language, sovereign immunity considerations, and product liability laws.
The Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys at Angell Law Firm have the experience and knowledge necessary to recover the compensation you need. We understand the challenges the injured and the injured’s family faces after an accident, and we aggressively pursue your case to maximize the damages you deserve. If you have been injured in a pedestrian car accident, call our office today to speak to one of our lawyers about your case.
More Blog Posts:
11th Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Decision Reinforces Protection for the Injured, Atlanta Accident Attorney Blog, February 5th, 2014
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Publishes 2014 Roadmap of State Highways and Safety Laws, Atlanta Accident Attorney Blog, January 29th, 2014