Pedestrian Accidents

Joshua W. Branch, Personal Injury and Pedestrian Accident Attorney, provides skilled legal representation to injured pedestrians in Athens, GA and the surrounding areas. The scary existence of these types of incidents is harrowing and can occur on sidewalks, driveways, cross-walks and other areas where pedestrians are found. Unfortunately, these types of incidents happen all too often.

A staggering statistic released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that 4,884 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2014, which equates to more than 12 people each day. Plus, there were 65,000 pedestrian injuries reported in 2014, averaging one injury every eight minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.

High vehicle speeds increase the likelihood of pedestrians being hit by cars, which also unfortunately increase the severity of injuries to the victims. Children and the elderly are at the greatest risk for pedestrian accidents, which usually occur in urban areas at night. Drivers who do not obey the law and consume alcohol in excess contribute greatly to the number of pedestrian injuries. In fact, alcohol was reportedly involved in almost half of fatal pedestrian accidents in 2013.

In Georgia alone, a shocking 204 pedestrians were killed in 2015, according to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety. Most of these occurred in the Atlanta metro area and other populous regions. Downtown Athens is a beautiful and pedestrian-friendly city, but the variety of people walking and biking and those driving in cars creates a danger for pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian Accident Attorney Joshua W. Branch is familiar with these tragic cases, and has the experience to get justice for victims and their families.

Unfortunately, hospital records indicate that only a fraction of pedestrian accidents involving injury are reported to the police. When one is a victim of one of these accidents, reporting to law enforcement and obtaining legal representation is crucial. Pedestrian Accident Attorney Joshua W. Branch has had extensive success in these kinds of cases in the Athens and Northeast Georgia.

Imagine you are the following person:

“I know that I won’t have to keep doing this repo job, just two more months of working with my brother and I will have enough money saved to get back to college. Only three jobs on the schedule tonight so it shouldn’t be too bad.

I get over to my second job and everything is going according to plan and we are able to secure the vehicle when unexpectedly someone races out of the front door and tells us that we cannot take the car. I feel bad for the people that we repo but I remind myself that they chose not to pay for their car so it’s not theirs anymore and I am just bringing it back to its rightful owner. The person jumps in the car and we try to discuss the situation when unexpectedly the car shoots backwards and knocks me over and almost runs over me. At the time, I was so in shock I didn’t know what to think, until I realized a shooting pain coming from my arm. It was broken. My head had cuts all over it and the headaches started kicking in almost immediately. I was rushed to the hospital.

After I was released from the hospital, I was encouraged to seek legal representation due to the severity of the injuries and not wanting to take the few hundred dollars that the insurance company was offering me. I needed help.”

The foregoing brief synopsis is based upon facts from an actual pedestrian accident case that I have resolved in a very satisfactory manner. The client was extremely satisfied after receiving a fair and just outcome. Aggressive litigation revealed that the defendant was intoxicated but somehow was able to evade the police with that very pertinent fact.

Most of these stories share a common theme – the lack of care or concern for the injured victim until they hired Joshua W. Branch to represent them. The injured victim needs someone in their corner. When someone suffers through a pedestrian accident and they sustain severe injuries caused by another, they will need professional legal representation, advice, and counsel as soon as possible to ensure they receive a fair and reasonable outcome. An outcome that takes all of the circumstances of the event in mind, one that is just and fair. You need a legal advocate who is aggressive in protecting your rights but compassionate in understanding what you are experiencing and has the skill and expertise of knowing the inner workings of the human anatomy to fully understand the scope and effect of the injuries.

Bear in mind, that as soon as one has been injured or killed, the insurance company for the culpable party begins almost instantly to attempt to minimize the appropriate outcome for the injured individual – the insurance company views the injured or the family who has lost a loved one as an alpha-numeric number and the insurance company will attempt to do everything within their power to not compensate the injured or the family of a loved one in a fair and reasonable manner. Insurance companies are strictly driven by profits, not by their compassion for people and doing what is right and just. The insurance company’s focus will rely on one simple principle: profits over people. So, if given the chance an insurance company will even try to resolve a claim before all injuries have been identified and have received professional medical attention. Those types of actions on behalf of the insurance companies illustrate the vantage point that they take over those who are severely injured and or who have lost loved ones, that vantage point taken is that they do not care about you or your family and that they have no compassion toward what you have been through.

Walking or biking to work, dinner or social activities is a healthy lifestyle choice that many citizens of Athens make. This should not result in an unsuspecting accident because of driver negligence due to the inability to follow traffic laws, the overconsumption of alcohol, the use of a cell phone while driving, or other distractions. While no one wishes to be the victim of an accident like this, being the victim of insurance companies who are unwilling to provide compensation and assistance can make the effects of one single accident last a lifetime. With a bustling downtown and social scene such as downtown Athens, the risk factors for pedestrian accident increase, and therefore the likelihood of experiencing an accident like this also increases. Josh W. Branch is an experienced Personal Injury and Pedestrian Accident Attorney and can provide the legal advice and assistance needed to get fair compensation for medical bills and missed work that can be extremely expensive in the result of a pedestrian accident. Do not hesitate to call Josh W. Branch, qualified personal injury and pedestrian accident lawyer, if seeking the support and legal counsel a citizen is legally entitled to in the Athens and Northeast Georgia area.

You need someone who is dedicated to justice for you. Someone that will protect your rights, someone that will aggressively work for a fair and reasonable outcome for you and allow you to be able to return to the life that you knew before the incident was forced upon you. Not an outcome that the insurance company will attempt to force upon you but one that is fair and lets you obtain the justice you need and deserve.

For all pedestrian accident cases, timing is crucial in many respects. The initial stages of any type of pedestrian case are crucial for a variety of reasons. The following are some suggested steps to take to ensure you are headed in the right direction toward a fair and just recovery, both physically and financially.

Suggested Steps To Take If You Have Been Injured

Call us for a free initial consultation at (844) 696- 4536 if you are ready to take the first steps towards fair compensation to return to the life you loved before your terrible accident.