Written by Troy Marsh |
If you were hit by a car while walking, jogging, or crossing the street in Georgia, you may need to go to the emergency room right away. Getting proper medical care should always be your first step. Then, as soon as you’re able, reach out to an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer like Troy Marsh.
Specializing in motor vehicle accidents in and around Bulloch County, attorney Marsh has more than 27 years of experience that he will put to work for you. Call The Marsh Law Firm at (912) 764-7388 or use our online contact form to set up a 100% free consultation.
In general, after a car vs. pedestrian accident, here’s what you can expect:
Pedestrians have little to no protection. If a motor vehicle hits you, you may need to go straight to an Emergency Room. If it is a medical emergency, call 911. Your health is more important than any legal matter.
Many serious injuries experienced by pedestrians require additional medical care. It’s essential to go to the doctor as recommended, even if you think you are getting better. Your insurance claim depends on the evidence that will be contained in your medical records.
After you get medical care, you should contact an attorney to protect your interests. The insurance company of the at-fault driver will likely contact you quickly. They may try to get a statement from you, offer you a fast settlement, and may try to place some of the blame on you. Don’t let them strongarm you. They are trying to make your case go away so they can limit what they pay out in damages.
In many cases, the motor vehicle driver is at fault in pedestrian accidents. However, you need an attorney who knows the law and can prove that the driver was negligent and should be held financially liable.
In Georgia, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks. Cars must come to a full stop when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. They may not slowly drive around them or push by. Even when there is no crosswalk, if the pedestrian is already in the roadway, they have the right of way over the car.
Motor vehicle drivers must always be on the lookout for pedestrians. Failing to keep a proper lookout can be negligence, and the pedestrian may be entitled to compensation.
Troy Marsh has over 27 years of experience helping victims like you. He knows Georgia laws and understands the steps to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. He will investigate your accident and gather evidence that supports your claim.
By working with an attorney, the insurance company will know you are serious about getting the money you deserve. Attorney Marsh will work hard to get you the best outcome possible.
Getting legal help is crucial after being struck by a negligent driver. Evidence disappears fast after pedestrians are hit. Your injury will change quickly, and your bills will only continue adding up.