If you are a pedestrian who has been hit by a car, you can get monetary compensation called damages. Due to the injuries you have sustained, your medical bills can pile up while you cannot go to work. To make sure you get the compensation you deserve, you need a dedicated legal representative who can help you collect the necessary evidence and hold the at-fault party liable for your damages.
How to Determine Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
Your pedestrian accident lawyer will conduct an investigation of the accident to know who is to blame for it. Usually, motorists hit pedestrians due to their negligence, so they should be at fault for the accident. Your attorney should show that the driver owes you a duty of care, breach this duty and caused the accident, and you sustained damages because of the accident.
In Georgia, motorists need to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk and avoid hitting pedestrians including those who are not in crosswalks. An attorney can assess the particulars of your case to know if it’s worth pursuing damages from the at-fault driver.
What Your Attorney Will Do
By working with a pedestrian accident attorney, you get professional assistance at each step of the legal process. They can do the following:
- Investigate the accident. insurance companies and the police will investigate the accident to get important information or evidence and determine liability. However, your attorney can also conduct their own investigation. They will speak with witnesses, gather police reports, take photos of the accident, and collect any physical evidence from the accident to determine what took place. Also, the evidence they can collect will help them determine the value of your case.
- Handle insurance companies. Your attorney can handle talks with the insurance company of the at-fault driver. This allows you to avoid making mistakes that can compromise the strength of your case. Also, they can negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer. They are willing to undergo back-and-forth negotiations until the insurance company accepts your attorney’s counteroffer.
- Represent you in court. If negotiations with the insurance company fail to produce the outcome you desire, your attorney can file a lawsuit for you and represent you in trials. They will collect more evidence to show the jury or judge your eligibility for compensation and how much. So, wherever your case will go, you have a reliable legal representative you can always count on.