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Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Serving Atlanta and Phoenix: Cruz & Associates

If you’ve suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta or Phoenix, Cruz & Associates is here to assist you. With over 35 years of experience handling various car accident cases in both cities, we understand the severe consequences that pedestrian accidents often entail. Pedestrians frequently endure severe or fatal injuries in these incidents, making it crucial for victims or their loved ones to understand their options. Explore the following information and contact our team of attorneys specializing in pedestrian accidents in Atlanta and Phoenix to take the next step with your case.

Determining Fault in Atlanta and Phoenix Pedestrian Accidents

In most pedestrian accident cases, drivers bear liability for the pedestrian’s injuries. The law imposes a higher duty of care on drivers than pedestrians on the road, expecting them to watch for pedestrians and yield the right of way. Unless a pedestrian recklessly enters the roadway without caution or intentionally steps into traffic without allowing the driver to stop, the driver will likely be liable for the resulting damages.

Georgia and Arizona follow contributory negligence laws, meaning a pedestrian may share some liability for an accident. For instance, if a pedestrian jaywalks or crosses against a “Don’t Walk” signal and gets hit by a car, the jury may assign a percentage of fault to the pedestrian. If the pedestrian’s fault percentage is lower than the defendant’s, they may still recover compensation. However, the jury will continue to hold the driver to a higher duty of care. Even if the pedestrian misbehaved, the driver should have taken evasive action or stopped in time if feasible.

Understanding Compensation in Atlanta and Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Cases

Pedestrian accident cases typically involve various damages, including:

  • Medical Bills: Covering hospitalization, ambulance fees, prescriptions, ongoing treatments, and surgical costs.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensating for the severity of injuries. Pain and suffering damages are often several times higher than medical expenses.
  • Lost Income: Compensation for lost wages due to an inability to work. They may also seek future income if the accident permanently prevents the victim from working.
  • Property Damage: Reimbursing the costs of repairing or replacing damaged personal property.

Securing compensation in a pedestrian accident lawsuit hinges on proving the defendant’s negligence. Proving negligence requires demonstrating that the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff, breached that duty, and directly caused the plaintiff’s damages. Causation must also be proven, showing that the damages resulted from the defendant’s negligence rather than another cause.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Atlanta or Phoenix

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta or Phoenix, reach out to Cruz & Associates for a free case evaluation. We can arrange a meeting at your convenience to discuss the details of your case and provide guidance on your legal options.

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