a2Atlanta, GA- In the hustle and bustle of a large urban area, the convergence of cars and pedestrians can sometimes have deadly consequences. This sad fact is exhibited by recent accidents in the Atlanta area that left two pedestrians dead, one of which involved an Atlanta Police officer.
If you have been the victim of a traffic accident and sustained costly injuries, you are urged to reach out to one of our dedicated Atlanta accident attorneys to discuss the facts in your case and determine if you can pursue a negligent driver for compensation.
The first accident occurred on March 6th, around 9:30 p.m. in Southwest Atlanta. Police say that 62-year-old Bernard Moore was crossing Metropolitan Parkway SW at Fair Drive when he was stuck by an Atlanta Police Officer.
Moore was pronounced dead on the scene.
According to WTVM, witnesses said Moore was wearing all black and was not in crosswalk when the accident occurred. The witnesses also said the police officer was traveling at a high rate of speed.
APD declined to name the officer, but said he was on-duty at the time, but was not responding to a call and did not have his lights on at the time.
A more recent accident which occurred in Cobb County, northwest of Atlanta, on March 12th. Police say that a woman was killed when she tried to cross a busy intersection on Powers Ferry around 5:30 a.m., according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
According to reports, the unidentified woman just stepped into traffic for some unknown reason when she was struck by a 62-year-old woman driving a Mercedes.
Victims of pedestrian accidents are eligible for compensation is someone else’s negligence caused their injuries. Basically, negligence is the failure to do something or not do something that would protect others from being hurt or killed.
Both of these accidents bring up the issue of comparative negligence in personal injury cases. Comparative negligence applies to cases in which the parties involved must take partial responsibility for an accident. Even if a person was injured, the defendant in a personal injury case can argue that their negligence played some role in an accident and they are not responsible for the total costs of the victim’s injuries. That means if a victim is, say, 25 percent responsible for an accident, the at-fault party is only responsible for 75 percent of the victim’s overall costs. Under Georgia personal injury statutes, if an accident victim is considered to be 50 percent negligent in an accident, they are not eligible for compensation.
When you have been injured in pedestrian accident or lost a loved one you can turn to our gifted Atlanta accident attorneys to assist you with your personal injury claim. These cases can be complicated so you need someone well-versed state injury laws to ensure you are justly compensated. Our team of Atlanta accident attorneys understand the challenges facing accident victims, and strive to give them the best representation possible. They will work to ensure protect your rights and secure a generous settlement on your behalf.

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