Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Have you been injured as a pedestrian in Atlanta, Georgia? Whether you were hit by a car or were injured because of a broken sidewalk, it’s important to explore your legal rights and options. You may be able to pursue compensation from a negligent motorist, government agency, or another liable party. The experienced Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers at Hammers Law Firm want to help you maximize your recovery.

Since 2015, injured pedestrians and families in Atlanta have trusted Hammers Law Firm after life-changing auto accidents. Our 50 years of collective experience includes time spent fighting for and against insurance companies. We know the insurance provider’s playbook and use this unique insight to help our clients leverage more meaningful results. 

In total, we’ve successfully recovered tens of millions in settlements and jury awards for deserving accident victims. Now, our award-winning Georgia litigators are ready to fight for you. Contact our law office in Atlanta, GA, at (770) 900 9000 to schedule a free consultation today.

How Hammers Law Firm Can Help If You’ve Been Struck by a Car in Atlanta, GA

How Hammers Law Firm Can Help If You’ve Been Struck by a Car in Atlanta, GA

Just because you have the opportunity to pursue compensation after a pedestrian accident doesn’t mean the process will be easy. The at-fault party and insurer will work hard to stand between you and a meaningful payout. Set the stage for victory by hiring our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers to take the lead on your pedestrian accident lawsuit.

Choosing Hammers Law Firm means working with a team of award-winning Georgia trial attorneys. Our commitment to our clients and proven track record of success has earned us top marks from Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and other leading legal organizations. Our goal isn’t just to help our clients win. It’s to provide comprehensive legal representation that helps them get their lives back on track.

Concentrate on your recovery and let our top-rated law firm handle the rest:

  • Conduct a timely and thorough investigation into your pedestrian accident
  • Determine liability for your injuries and trauma
  • Evaluate medical records, accident reports, property damage, photographs of the scene of the accident, video footage, cell phone records, maintenance records, and other evidence
  • Depose eyewitnesses to the pedestrian accident and other parties to your case
  • Strategize ways to effectively handle claims of comparative negligence
  • Ensure your pedestrian injury claim satisfies all procedural rules established by Georgia state law
  • Passionately advocate for a meaningful settlement offer on your behalf during negotiations
  • Provide support and advice throughout the process and help you make important decisions about your case
  • Have a respected Atlanta trial attorney bring your case to a Fulton County jury

Getting hit by a car can change your life forever. Our trusted pedestrian accident attorneys in Atlanta want to help you make things right. We represent injured pedestrians on a contingency fee basis. This means there’s no added financial stress when you hire our law firm. You only pay if we win compensation for you.

Contact our law office in Atlanta today to learn more. Your initial case evaluation is free.

Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Statistics

While some Atlanta neighborhoods are known for being very walkable, the city as a whole is not. Ranking as the 23rd most walkable city in the United States, pedestrian accidents in Atlanta are quite common. In 2022, 548 Atlanta auto accidents involved pedestrians, bicyclists, and rollers.

That’s about 1.5 accidents every single day in Atlanta city limits.

Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents in Atlanta are fatal. While pedestrian and bicycle accidents only account for 2 percent of all traffic accidents, they account for 12 percent of the city’s car accident fatalities and severe injuries.

A report by Propel ATL found that 38 pedestrians were killed in Atlanta traffic accidents in 2022. This marked a 38 percent increase over the year prior. Pedestrian deaths in Atlanta are up a staggering 52 percent since 2020.

While most pedestrian accidents happen in Downtown and Midtown, these accidents tend to be the least severe. The further out you venture, the more serious accidents involving pedestrians tend to be. This is likely due to a change in the infrastructure and traffic patterns in lower-income neighborhoods away from the heart of the city. 

What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents in Atlanta?

Pedestrians are often injured or killed in Atlanta traffic accidents when someone is negligent. Negligence refers to a failure to exercise reasonable care and/or violating state traffic laws. 

Specifically, some of the most common causes of Atlanta pedestrian accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Road rage
  • Fatigued driving
  • Illegal turns
  • Improper passing
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Braking errors
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to look for a pedestrian in a crosswalk or at an intersection
  • Running red lights
  • Rolling stops
  • Miscalculating the time needed to execute a safe turn

Road defects, including broken sidewalks and poor signage, can also contribute to traffic accidents involving pedestrians in Atlanta.

Who Could Be Liable For My Injuries After a Pedestrian Accident?

When a car accident involves a pedestrian, anyone whose negligent or careless actions contributed to the wreck can be liable for the resulting damages.

Depending on the specific details of your pedestrian accident, liability might extend to a:

  • Driver of a passenger vehicle
  • Vehicle passenger
  • Pedestrian
  • Bicyclist
  • Transportation company
  • Bus driver
  • Truck driver
  • Vehicle manufacturer
  • Government agency responsible for road maintenance and safety
  • Property owner
  • Negligent party’s employer

Our Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys will carefully evaluate your situation to fully understand how and why you got hurt. Once we know the cause(s), we can begin to develop a strategy to help you demand accountability from those at fault.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

When you’re walking in Atlanta, you don’t have the benefit of a helmet, seatbelt, or a large steel frame to protect you if there’s an accident. As a result, pedestrians tend to sustain some of the most catastrophic injuries in area crashes.

Hammers Law Firm can help you pursue damages for all of your pedestrian accident injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Leg injury
  • Knee injury
  • Crushing injury
  • Concussion 
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Whiplash
  • Neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis 
  • Amputation 
  • Burns
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Wrongful death of someone you love

Don’t hesitate to contact our legal team after you’ve reported your accident to the local police and sought prompt treatment at the nearest hospital. We can help you understand your rights and work to make a difference in your recovery.

What Damages Are Available to Injured Pedestrians in Atlanta, Georgia?

Compensatory damages – including both economic and non-economic awards – can be sought through a civil pedestrian accident lawsuit.

Economic damages are intended to help you handle the costs of your pedestrian accident, which can include:

  • Current medical bills related to hospitalization, surgery, prosthetics, medical devices, and more
  • Future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation and therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Nursing care

Non-economic damages are intended to make up for harder-to-value trauma you experience as a victim, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Disability
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Embarrassment

Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Atlanta will dive into the details of your case with trusted experts. Their insight and knowledge can help us really understand your losses and how the pedestrian accident has changed your life. When it’s time to negotiate, our team will be prepared to leverage an award that really represents what your pedestrian accident case is worth.

Can I Get Compensation If I’m Partly to Blame For a Georgia Pedestrian Accident?

It’s possible, but your shared liability must not exceed 49 percent. Under the state’s modified comparative negligence law, damages are prohibited when you’re 50 percent or more responsible for an accident. Sharing some, but not more than 49 percent, of the blame will not bar a recovery but will limit how much money you can get.

Your settlement or jury award will be reduced in direct proportion to fault. If you’re 25 percent to blame for causing a pedestrian accident, your financial recovery will be reduced by 25 percent.

Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys will work to protect you from the insurance company’s allegations of shared fault. The less fault you share, the more money you can potentially recover for your injuries and suffering. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in Georgia?

Georgia gives injured pedestrians two years from the date of their accident to formally pursue compensation from a liable party.

If you’ve lost a family member in a fatal Atlanta pedestrian accident, you’ll have two years from their wrongful death to take legal action.

You must file your claim within the applicable statute of limitations if you want to get the compensation you need and deserve. Once time runs out, so does the ability to bring a legal claim for damages.

Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Call Hammers Law Firm if you’ve recently been hurt in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta, Georgia. We have the experience, resources, and insight needed to make a difference in your life.

Our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience handling complex personal injury disputes. As former insurance defense attorneys, we offer a unique perspective on personal injury litigation that helps our clients win top results.

Contact our law office in Atlanta today to set up a time for your free case assessment. We’re here to answer your call 24 hours a day.