Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Pursuing Justice for Injured Pedestrians in Atlanta

When you are navigating public roads and walkways on foot, you do not have the same level of safety as those inside motor vehicles. This increases the danger and severity should a collision with an automobile occur. If you are struck by a car, you must take immediate action to preserve your rights. 

When you get in touch with Cunningham Bounds after a pedestrian accident, we can promptly send out our team of private investigators who will analyze the scene, collect evidence, and determine liability in your case. Time is of the utmost importance when it comes to pedestrian accidents. With our fast response times, our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers will work to help you obtain justice and financial compensation for your suffering as quickly as possible. 

We understand how traumatic these incidents can be and we strive to work diligently and efficiently on your behalf so that you can focus on recovery while we work to hold responsible parties accountable.

Schedule a free consultation by calling (404) 609-1081 or contacting us online today.

Understanding Your Legal Rights as a Pedestrian

As a pedestrian, you have the right to safely navigate the streets and sidewalks without the fear of being injured by negligent drivers. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, it's important to understand your legal rights and options for seeking compensation. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Atlanta can provide the guidance and support you need to pursue justice for your injuries.

When you work with Cunningham Bounds, we can help you:

  • Establish liability for the accident
  • Seek compensation for medical expenses and lost wages
  • Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
  • File a personal injury lawsuit if necessary

Don't navigate the legal process alone. Contact Cunningham Bounds today to discuss your pedestrian accident case and learn how we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.

How “Right of Way” Affects Pedestrian Accidents in Atlanta

In Georgia, pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Pedestrians do have the right of way, meaning vehicles must yield to them, when they are legally using marked crosswalks. Motor vehicles must also always yield to blind pedestrians with a guide dog or white walking stick, no matter the circumstances.

Pedestrians must yield to motor vehicles when there is not a marked crosswalk or unmarked intersection. Pedestrians may not enter a road if doing so would not give an approaching vehicle adequate time to stop. And, just like drivers, pedestrians must follow all traffic rules, which means they must observe traffic lights that instruct them when to and when not to cross a crosswalk.

When a pedestrian’s jaywalking, intoxication, or failure to yield the right of way contributes to an accident, it can be more challenging for the injured pedestrian to prove fault and obtain compensation for their injuries. However, insurance companies will sometimes attempt to claim that pedestrians who were following all of the rules were somehow responsible for a collision. Even if jaywalking was involved, the driver’s negligence is often the primary cause of these crashes. 

Our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers can evaluate what happened and ascertain liability in your case.

The Role of Comparative Negligence

In pedestrian accident cases, the concept of comparative negligence can play a significant role in determining liability and compensation. Comparative negligence means that the injured pedestrian's own actions may have contributed to the accident, and the compensation awarded can be reduced based on the percentage of fault assigned to the pedestrian.

It's important to understand how comparative negligence works in pedestrian accident cases, and how it can impact your ability to recover compensation. Our team can assess the details of your case, determine the extent of comparative negligence, and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Key points to consider about comparative negligence in pedestrian accidents:

  • How the actions of the pedestrian and the driver are evaluated
  • The impact of comparative negligence on compensation recovery
  • Strategies for proving minimal or no fault on the part of the pedestrian
  • The importance of legal representation in navigating comparative negligence

Examples of Driver Negligence

All drivers of motor vehicles owe a legal duty to everyone else on the road, including pedestrians. They violate this legal duty and become liable for the harm they cause when they behave negligently. As a general rule, an act of negligent driving is something another driver would do or not do in the same or similar circumstances.

Examples of negligent driving include:

  • Failing to stop at stop signs or red lights
  • Failing to signal before turning or changing lanes
  • Distracted driving (including texting while driving)
  • Excessive speeding
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Driving while intoxicated or fatigued
  • Failing to yield when pedestrians have the right of way

If you were struck by a vehicle due to any of the above examples of negligent driving, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for damages. You have limited time to act: In Georgia, you generally only have two years from the date of the pedestrian accident to start the legal process.

Choose a Law Firm with a Track Record of Success

Since 1958, our team at Cunningham Bounds has been successfully representing injury victims in personal injury cases. Our results and testimonials speak for themselves and have led to our being named one of the top 10 personal injury firms in the United States.

Our attorneys have been featured in both Best Lawyers in America as well as Super Lawyers. Many of us are also certified as Civil Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, so when you choose us, you can trust your case is in capable hands.

Our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers understand what is at stake and are ready to go to work for you. We will leverage the full extent of our skills, resources, and experiences in our fight to get you the just compensation you deserve.

Ready to get started? Contact us online or call (404) 609-1081 today.

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