Lawyers Seeking Justice For Injured Pedestrians And Bicyclists
America is a country obsessed with cars. Those who travel by foot or by bicycle aren’t just inconvenienced – they’re often in danger. While few parts of the country are considered safe for pedestrians, some states have an especially bad reputation. According to recent studies, Georgia is among the most dangerous places in America to be a pedestrian.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, contact our experienced and caring attorneys at The McGarity Group. We will investigate the accident, gather all available evidence and build the strongest case possible against the at-fault driver. We will work tirelessly to help you obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Pedestrian Accidents: Common Causes And Contributing Factors
Too often, drivers and even police officers (in written accident reports) are quick to blame walkers and bicyclists for their own injuries. While pedestrians are sometimes at fault, most are very careful and attentive when traveling because they realize just how vulnerable they are. In many cases, these accidents can be attributed to driver negligence and infrastructure problems. Examples include:
- Drunk and drugged driving
- Texting and distracted driving
- Speeding and aggressive driving
- Failure to keep a lookout for pedestrians, especially when turning or traveling through intersections
- Failure to yield right of way
- Disobeying street signs and traffic signals
- Passing stopped school buses with their stop arms extended
- Intersections that lack functional crosswalks and working crossing signals
- Poorly timed lights and crossing signals that don’t give pedestrians adequate time to cross
- Roadway infrastructure that makes it more difficult for drivers to see and avoid pedestrians
When you contact our firm, we will immediately set to work investigating your case. We can often reconstruct the accident by utilizing security camera footage, driver dash-cam footage, traffic camera still images and eyewitness accounts.
Injuries Are Likely To Be Severe Or Fatal
In a collision between a heavy, fast-moving motor vehicle and someone who is on foot or riding a bike, the outcome is easily predictable. When pedestrians and bicyclists survive, they are likely to suffer:
- Broken bones, cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck, back and spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis (paraplegia and quadriplegia)
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Intense pain and suffering
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are becoming more severe, on average, due to the increasing popularity of large SUVs. These vehicles are heavier and taller than smaller sedans, which means they strike harder and higher on the body during an accident.
We Will Fight To Maximize Your Compensation
Due to their severity, pedestrian accidents often result in steep medical bills and can cause permanent disability. With so much at stake, most victims cannot afford to take a lowball settlement or to leave any available money “on the table.” You need an attorney who will fight to get you the maximum compensation available.
Our attorneys know how to gather all documentation to demonstrate the full extent of your injuries and losses. We are also prepared to push back against any assertions by the driver or their insurance company that you were fully or primarily at fault. Finally, we are more than ready to take your case to trial if the defendants will not negotiate in good faith.
Tell Us Your Story During A Free Consultation
Based in Buford, The McGarity Group serves clients across the greater Atlanta metro and throughout Georgia. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call us at 770-692-9877 or reach out online.