Pedestrian accidents are a serious issue; unfortunately, they are all too common. In Georgia alone, there were 236 pedestrian fatalities in 2019, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is essential to take the necessary steps to protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries.

What you should do after a pedestrian accident in Georgia:

  1. Seek Medical Attention
    The first and most crucial step after a pedestrian accident is to seek medical attention. Even if you feel fine, it is still essential to get checked out by a medical professional. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and the adrenaline rush from the accident can mask pain or discomfort. By seeking medical attention, you can identify any injuries and start the necessary treatment. Additionally, seeking medical attention creates a record of your injuries that you can use as evidence in your personal injury claim.

 

  1. Contact the Police
    After a pedestrian accident, you should call the police and report the incident. When the police arrive, they will investigate the accident and create a report that details the events. This report can be valuable evidence when pursuing a personal injury claim. Additionally, the police can help you exchange information with the driver involved in the accident, including their insurance information and contact details.

 

  1. Collect Evidence
    Collecting evidence after a pedestrian accident is crucial. Be sure to take pictures of the accident scene, including any damage to your clothing or personal belongings. If there were witnesses to the accident, get their contact information, and ask them to provide a statement. This information can help establish fault and prove your case in court. Also, it’s a good idea to keep all medical bills and documentation related to your injuries.

 

  1. Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
    If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is essential to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Personal injury attorneys understand the complexities of pedestrian accident cases and can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Reach out to Castan, Lecca & Boeschen for more information. 

 

What should the driver do in a pedestrian car accident?

As a driver, being involved in a car accident with a pedestrian can be a traumatic experience, too. It’s important to remain calm and stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. It’s also crucial to assist the injured pedestrian. This could include calling 911 or offering first aid if you’re trained.

The driver should exchange contact and insurance information with the pedestrian and witnesses. This information will be critical when filing an insurance claim. It’s also essential to take photos of the scene of the accident, including any damage to the vehicle, injuries to the pedestrian, and the surrounding area.

However, it’s important to remember that the driver may be at fault for the accident. Drivers are legally responsible for operating their vehicles safely and following traffic laws, including yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks. If the driver was negligent or reckless, they may be liable for the pedestrian’s injuries and damages.

The driver must speak with an experienced personal injury attorney like the team at Castan, Lecca & Boeschen who can guide them through the claims process and protect their rights. An attorney can help the driver understand their legal responsibilities, determine liability, and negotiate with the insurance company to ensure they receive fair compensation.

How can pedestrians protect themselves from car accidents?

Here are some pedestrian safety tips that can help you avoid accidents and injuries while walking on or near roadways:

  1. Always use designated crosswalks or intersections to cross the street. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars, as it can be dangerous and increase the likelihood of getting hit by a vehicle.
  2. Look both ways before crossing the street, even if you have the right of way. Drivers can be distracted or may not see you, so check for oncoming traffic in both directions.
  3. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them to ensure they have seen you and are aware of your presence.
  4. Stay visible by wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking at night or in low-light conditions.
  5. Avoid using electronic devices while walking, as they can distract you from your surroundings and increase the risk of accidents.
  6. Follow traffic signals and signs, and obey crossing guards and police officers.
  7. Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible, and if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic on the edge of the roadway.
  8. Teach children about pedestrian safety and accompany them when crossing the street until they are old enough to do so on their own.

Following these pedestrian safety tips can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident. Always be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to ensure your safety.

Being involved in a pedestrian accident can be a traumatic and life-changing experience. However, by taking the right steps after the accident, you can protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. Remember to prioritize your health and seek medical attention, report the accident to the appropriate authorities, document everything related to the accident, and contact an experienced attorney for help. By doing so, you can take control of the situation and focus on your recovery.

At Castan, Lecca & Boeschen, we understand the challenges of recovering from a pedestrian accident. That’s why we are committed to helping our clients seek the compensation they deserve for their injuries and damages. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of Georgia pedestrian laws and regulations and can guide you through every step of the legal process. If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a pedestrian, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We’ll help you understand your legal rights and work tirelessly to seek the justice you deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MICHAEL BOESCHEN

Attorney

Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA

CHRISTIAN PECONE

Attorney

ED DENKER

Attorney

Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel

ILIANA DOBREV

Attorney

Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish

KEN THAXTON

Attorney

Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund

ALEXANDER LECCA

Attorney

Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

DANIEL CASTAN 

Attorney

Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.