Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Alpharetta
If a negligent driver struck you while you were on foot, you deserve compensation for your losses. The experienced pedestrian accident lawyers of Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. can fight for compensation and justice for you. Our attorneys have more than 70 years of combined experience successfully representing injured people across Georgia, and we will put our knowledge and skills to work for you.
An automobile accident of any kind can cause both bodily harm and emotional trauma. However, when a collision occurs between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the consequences can be catastrophic. No matter how slowly the car or truck might be traveling, there is an extremely high potential for debilitating or even fatal injury to the pedestrian. If the pedestrian survives, their life may suddenly become almost unrecognizable as they face mountains of medical bills, a long and arduous period of rehabilitation, and psychological scars that may last a lifetime.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Alpharetta?
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, pedestrian accidents are an increasingly serious problem across the state. In fact, over the last ten years, pedestrian fatalities have doubled in Georgia, with approximately 250 pedestrian deaths each year.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted drivers – When a person is using their phone, adjusting their GPS, or otherwise distracted behind the wheel, it can be easy to overlook pedestrians they may have otherwise spotted.
- Speeding – If a driver exceeds the speed limit, they may not see a pedestrian entering their path. Small children can be particularly vulnerable if this happens within a residential or a school zone.
- Failure to yield – At crosswalks and other designated intersections, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. However, because many drivers mistakenly believe that pedestrians are supposed to yield to oncoming vehicles, pedestrians are often struck while crossing the road. This can become particularly dangerous if the vehicle is turning at an intersection.
- Drowsy driving – Drivers experiencing fatigue because they have been on the road too long or have had too little sleep will have impaired reaction times, preventing them from stopping in time if a pedestrian is in their trajectory. This is a perilous problem when it is dark.
- Driving under the influence – Intoxicated drivers also suffer from slower reaction times. Drugs or alcohol can also impair a driver’s judgment, making them believe they have more time or space to stop or maneuver than they actually have. This can leave pedestrians in an incredibly vulnerable situation.
- Poorly designed crosswalks or intersections – If a pedestrian crossing is not marked correctly, or if it is in a location that makes it challenging to notice that a pedestrian is crossing the road, there is a higher risk of a severe accident.
- Inclement weather – In poor weather conditions, drivers must take extra precautions so that they can stop if a pedestrian crosses their path. Drivers who do not take the weather into account can cause catastrophic accidents.
What Are Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents?
The average passenger vehicle weighs about thirty times as much as an average human being. As a result, pedestrians can suffer life-changing injuries if they are struck by a car, even if the vehicle travels at a relatively low speed.
Some of the most common injuries pedestrians face in Alpharetta include:
- Soft tissue damage – Damage to the soft tissue can include cuts, scrapes, lacerations, sprains, strains, tears, contusions, and dislocations. These injuries can lead to both severe pain and permanent scars.
- Broken bones and fractures – Pedestrians often sustain fractured bones in their shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, legs, and back when involved in motor vehicle accidents. If the broken bone punctures the skin in a severe compound fracture, the pedestrian may require surgery or even amputation.
- Traumatic brain injury – A forceful blow to the head can cause serious, life-altering damage to the pedestrian’s brain. Even if the head is not struck directly, the jostling it experiences when other parts of the body are hit can lead to a concussion.
- Spinal cord injury – Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries across the country. If a pedestrian suffers an injury to the spinal cord, the result can be paralysis or even death.
What Compensation Is Available for Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
Pedestrians who have suffered injuries in road accidents may be eligible to receive compensation to cover both economic losses and less tangible noneconomic losses. The experienced attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. can help you recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages from missed time at work
- Special equipment and caregivers
- Reduced earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Disability and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, our legal team can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation. You might be eligible for money for your family member’s pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and financial support they would have provided you if they had survived.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer From Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. in Alpharetta
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident that wasn’t your fault on the roads of Alpharetta, a dedicated personal injury attorney from Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. can work to help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve for your losses. Our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers have the necessary skills and knowledge to fight for your best interests every step of the way.
Our legal team is dedicated to giving each of our clients the personal attention they need and deserve as they fight for their due. We do not take any legal fees upfront, and we will only charge you for our services when we secure a financial award on your behalf.