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Pedestrian accidents often result in some of the most serious injuries. At Gautreaux Law, we help victims and their families in central Georgia get the money they need to recover after the horror of a pedestrian accident.

If you or a loved one was seriously hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident in central Georgia, a lawyer at Gautreaux Law may be able to get you compensation for the harm you suffered. Contact our law firm immediately to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

Odds are, after getting hit by a car, you will be in no condition to do the normal things that people do after a car accident. This means you won’t be able to share contact information with the driver of the car, call 911, report the accident to the police, or file an insurance claim.

That is fine. Your top priority should be your health. Most likely, someone else will contact 911. Assuming that happens (or you can contact them yourself), accept all medical treatment you are offered.

The speed you get medical attention could make a big difference to how quickly you recover and even whether you fully recover. Also, this will create medical records that are crucial to recovering compensation for the accident.

Your other priority should be contacting Gautreaux Law and letting us know you were involved in a pedestrian accident. We will handle your other responsibilities as much as possible. This means an attorney from our law firm will:

  • Report the accident to the police if necessary
  • Get the contact and insurance information for the driver if possible
  • Start communication with your insurance company and the insurance company of the driver
  • Meet you in the hospital, if necessary, for your initial consultation
  • Contact friends or family that need to be advised of your condition
  • Gather documentation of your injuries and evidence from the accident scene

Unless you are extremely lucky, you will not be able to do much after getting hit by a car. Our legal team understands this situation and will do everything we can to make sure your injuries don’t prevent you from taking the necessary steps to get compensation for them.

Can you sue if a family member is killed in a pedestrian accident?

A significant number of pedestrian accidents result in the death of the pedestrian. When that happens, you may be able to sue the driver for the wrongful death of your family member. A wrongful death lawyer from Gautreaux Law will explain your options during your free consultation.

Typically, wrongful death claims for pedestrian accidents are filed by the spouse of the deceased. If they have no spouse, any children are next in line to make a claim. Finally, surviving parents can file a claim. The latter is most likely when a juvenile is killed in a car accident.

Georgia law is reasonably complicated regarding who can receive benefits from a wrongful death claim. Your attorney will sort out those details and handle as much of the work as possible. At Gautreaux Law, we understand that you are in mourning and want to spend as little effort on legal issues as possible.

Compensation From a Pedestrian Accident

If you were badly injured in a pedestrian accident, you will need a lot of medical treatment. The odds are high that you will spend days or longer in the hospital and may require surgery. You could also be looking at decades of disability, therapy, or both.

Your Gautreaux Law personal injury lawyer will fight to get you fair compensation for all expenses related to your injury, including:

  • Medical bills, including surgery costs
  • Ongoing therapy
  • Nursing services, if necessary
  • Lost wages
  • Transportation costs
  • Services for any other duties you normally would have performed (e.g., childcare)
  • Pain and suffering

If you are the relative of someone who died in a pedestrian accident, you are eligible for different types of compensation. In that case, we will fight to get you compensation for:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Lost potential wages if the deceased supported you
  • Loss of companionship
  • Emotional pain from the loss of a loved one

Compensation is different in every pedestrian accident and depends on the circumstances of the accident and the lifestyle of the injured party. Your attorney will explain how much compensation you are entitled to during the initial consultation.

Contact the Central Georgia Law Firm Gautreaux Law for Help With Pedestrian Accident Claims

If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident in central Georgia, you may be eligible to get compensation for the harm you suffered. A personal injury attorney at Gautreaux Law will help you understand your legal options. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation.