With the weather being generally quite favorable in Atlanta, it is not uncommon to see many residents walking, running, or jogging along city streets. This includes major thoroughfares like Peachtree Street as well as other Downtown roads like Piedmont Avenue and Marietta Street.
Unfortunately, because there are also several people who commute to and from Atlanta in automobiles, many of these pedestrians sustain serious or even fatal injuries as the result of negligent drivers. In these types of cases, it is important to immediately seek legal representation so you do not agree to a settlement that is far less than what you deserve.
If you or your loved one was struck by a motor vehicle in the Atlanta area, you could be entitled to compensation for you immediate and long-term needs. Emanuel Balams is an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney who will fight to hold negligent parties accountable.
Balams Law Group helps clients from East Point, Forest Park, Riverdale, Smyrna, Sandy Springs, Marietta, College Park, Decatur, Norcross, Roswell, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, and Dunwoody. Our firm can review your case and discuss your legal options with you when you call (404) 445-2005 to schedule a free consultation.
As if the experience of being struck by an automobile is not traumatic enough, many pedestrians can find themselves immediately being accused of contributing to or even causing such accidents. This is a tremendously unfortunate way that negligent drivers and insurance companies attempt to reduce the possible damages paid to victims.
A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can investigate these types of cases to prove how pedestrian accidents were possibly the result of one of the following circumstances:
People injured in pedestrian accidents can suffer catastrophic injuries that have enormous immediate and long-term consequences. Because of their lack of protection, pedestrians can be especially susceptible to fatalities.
These types of accidents can result in the following types of injuries:
Many victims of pedestrian accidents can be tempted to think that they do not need legal representation to resolve their personal injury claims. When a pedestrian has been struck by a motor vehicle, he or she will usually be contacted by a representative from the negligent party’s insurance company who will claim to be offering a fair settlement.
However, such offers are usually far less than the compensation that the victim is truly entitled to. Insurance companies will aggressively attempt to get victims to make recorded statements that are later used to reduce settlement amounts or submit medical bills that give insurance companies a glimpse of the victim’s medical history.
People who are tempted to resolve cases as quickly as possible to pay medical bills often accept settlements that fail to account for future medical needs. In cases involving very serious injuries that require significant long-term costs or even seemingly minor injuries that end up requiring additional medical care later on, a victim who settles too soon can not only find himself or herself with inadequate funds to cover such future costs but also powerless to pursue additional compensation.
When a victim has legal counsel, he or she can avoid making any costly mistakes and a lawyer will help do the following on the victim’s behalf:
Again, it is always in your own best interest to contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible after any pedestrian accident.
Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) — This advocacy group works towards creating safe streets and walkable communities in Atlanta. You can find news, information about initiatives, and report hazards on this website.
1389 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309
Georgia Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Center — This website contains pedestrian safety tips, information on safe routes to school, and specific information in the Georgia Code about pedestrian safety. There are also links to multiple additional resources.
Governor's Office of Highway Safety
7 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Southwest #643
Atlanta, GA 30334
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force — This task force is a subcommittee to the Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) at ARC that meets to address pedestrian issues in Atlanta. You can find maps, reports, and other publications on this website.
40 Courtland Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303
Did you sustain devastating injuries or was your loved one killed in a pedestrian accident in the Atlanta area? Emanuel Balams fights to help the victims of these types of accidents obtain the compensation they need and deserve.
Balams Law Group represents clients in Fulton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Gwinnett County. Call (404) 445-2005 right now to let our firm provide a free review your case that will help you understand all of your legal options.