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Savannah Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Assist Injured Walkers

Determined representation for the most vulnerable victims of vehicle accidents

When you walk along the streets of Savannah, you may follow all safety precautions by using crosswalks and sidewalks, wearing highly visible clothing, and walking against the flow of traffic whenever possible. Unfortunately, drivers aren’t always on the lookout for pedestrians, and their inattentiveness can lead to serious accidents. If you or a loved one was struck by a car, you may have suffered debilitating injuries. Unlike drivers, their passengers, motorcyclists, and even bicyclists, pedestrians have little to no protection in the event of accidents. That puts victims at extreme risk when they’re involved in collisions with cars, trucks, and SUVs.

At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, our Savannah pedestrian accident attorneys want to help you focus on getting better. We have nearly two decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims in the city and throughout Georgia, and we’ll work hard to answer your questions every step of the way.

Georgia Department of Transportation reports alarming spike in pedestrian deaths

In the wake of a sharp 54 percent increase statewide in the number of pedestrian fatalities from 2014 to 2017, when a total of 260 people were killed, the Georgia Department of Transportation has initiated the SEE & BE SEEN program to make it safer to walk in Georgia. Their public education campaign includes helpful tips for pedestrian safety, such as these:

  • Make yourself visible at night — More than 80 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur in overnight hours. Wearing dark clothes when it’s dark out makes you less visible to motorists who may not be alert to begin with, given the hour.
  • Pay greater attention when walking — About one-third of pedestrian fatalities are the fault of the walker. Don’t text or browse on a smartphone while walking, especially across an intersection.
  • Cross at the crosswalks — About 90 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur outside of crosswalks, so staying within these designated areas is essential.

Georgia DOT is also urging motorists to “Drive Alert” by observing the following rules:

  • Yield to pedestrians — At least one-third of pedestrian fatalities happen because motorists fail to yield the right of way.
  • Slow down — The fatality rate for pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle going 40 miles per hour or faster is 90 percent.

Georgia’s streets belong to all users. Everyone must be aware of the dangers and act with appropriate care to avoid accidents.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers have a responsibility to respect the space and rights of everyone who shares roads and sidewalks, including pedestrians. When motorists engage in the following behaviors, the risk of an accident increases significantly:

  • Driving while distracted — Distracted driving is an epidemic in Georgia and throughout the country. When drivers aren’t paying attention to the road or what’s going on in front of them, they’re more likely to cause accidents — including pedestrian accidents. Our legal team will investigate your pedestrian accident to determine if the person who hit you was texting, talking on the phone, or sending emails before the accident occurred.
  • Running red lights and stop signs — If your accident occurred in a crosswalk or at an intersection, there’s a good chance that the driver who hit you failed to stop at a stop sign or red light. Pedestrians have the right of way at intersections with stop signs, including four-way stops, as well as traffic light–equipped intersections during crossing signals. Unfortunately, drivers sometimes ignore traffic laws at intersections, leading to serious accidents.
  • Driving while intoxicated or drowsy — When drivers are intoxicated or sleepy, you may be at risk even when you’re walking on the sidewalk with plenty of distance between you and the road. Drivers who aren’t mentally or physically capable of driving safely due to being impaired or fatigued are more likely to drift into the path of pedestrians. When we take on your claim, we’ll work to determine if the driver who hit you was under the influence or exhausted at the time of the accident.

Whether you were hit by a vehicle on a sidewalk, crosswalk, shoulder, in a parking lot, driveway, or on a worksite, we want to protect your rights. Let us put our two decades of experience and success to work for you and your family.

Helping you get compensation for your injuries

Your pedestrian accident may have caused you to suffer serious complications that make it difficult or impossible for you to go back to work or live a normal life. Some of the expenses victims like you often face after pedestrian accidents include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medication
  • Surgery

Let our Savannah attorneys help with your pedestrian accident injuries

At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, we know that you may be struggling if you cannot work due to the harm you sustained in a pedestrian accident. Our legal team believes that innocent victims should never have to pay for injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence, and we’re ready to investigate your claim. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 912-212-2100 or contact us online. You don’t owe us anything unless we get money for you. That’s our No Fee Guarantee®.

Reviews From Our Clients
  • "I was pregnant and injured in an automobile accident. Mr. Owens, personally, came to the hospital. He told me he would handle everything, I just needed to get healthy for the baby and myself. Mr. Owens did everything he said he would. I highly recommend Owens and Mulherin. Everyone in their office is friendly and informative. You're not just another client with them, they genuinely care." - Lindsay Chadwick

  • "Highly recommend working with this group!! They are very friendly, understanding, caring people and very easy to talk to. They Gave us plenty of time to talk with them. Did not make us feel rushed and explained everything thoroughly. Made the experience the best possible and we had a positive outcome during a tragic time. Thank you to the attorneys and entire staff." - Cindy Shuman

  • "I found Mr. Owens to be very professional and extremely sympathetic towards my needs as a result of my injuries. His experience helped guide me through my case and we ultimately won in the end...settled out of court! Thanks for all your help!" - Diane Calahan

  • "Following an automobile accident I sought representation from Wil Owens. Throughout the process he and his staff were always very kind, informative, and diligent in protecting my rights and interests. I knew my case was minor comparatively speaking, however, they never minimized the importance of my situation or claim. I would highly recommend this local law firm!!Sincerely,Christi (Fry) Vinyard" - Christi Fry

  • "This was my first time having to get an attorney and my experience was great. They make sure you fully understand everything that's going on and make sure the case is settled in your favor. I highly recommend this attorney office if you need one." - Dee James

  • "Absolutely 100% the best law firm around. I was completely blown away by the staff with all their generosity and helpfulness every step of the way. Wilbur Owens is hands down the best attorney I have ever met. He was caring, professional, and helpful in all aspects of my case, from the very begining with all my treatments to the very end with my settlement. He was highly recommend to me and I have heard nothing but great things about him and his firm. They truly are the best around and if ths need were to arise again in the future I will gladly come to the law firm of Owens and Mulherin. Wonderful people and they gave me my life back as well as piece of mind, and for that I am and always will be truly thankful." - Courtney Graves

  • "I had a good experience with Mr. Owens and Ms. Teresa. They were very professional and was on point. It was a long process but it was worth the wait. I would recommend anyone to this lawfirm." - Ashley Robertson

  • "My thanks to Mr. Owens and his crew. After getting injured at work , and not knowing what to do I found them thru a local web search. Everyone in the office was great, Will walked me thru my case and explained how it would go. After everything I would highly recommend this law firm. I can't say enough of Mr. Owens and his staff . Thank you for your help!" - Mark Kalla

  • "I worked with Mr. Ownens and his team for my most recent accident involving 2 uninsured motorists, and I am extremely pleased with the way my case was worked, as well as the outcome. I cannot say anything negative about the law firm whatsoever, but I can tell you that being hit by uninsured vehicles is a nightmare." - Nic Schuman

  • "Loved working with me. Mulherin. Didn’t make me feel rushed or pinned against a wall. He gave me the beat and worse case scenario. Went to bat for me when the insurance company thought they could get away with being cheap. Brooke was amazing to work with to. Always answered calls or emails in a timely manner." - Natasha Campbell

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Wilbur D. Owens

Mr. Owens devotes his practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death claims. His primary focus is automobile/tractor-trailer accidents, dog bites, slip/trip and falls, medical malpractice, injuries from dangerous products, job injuries and nursing home abuse. Before joining forces with Mr. Mulherin to open Owens & Mulherin in 2001, Mr. Owens worked…

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Joseph A. Mulherin

Mr. Mulherin represents individuals in personal injury cases. His primary practice areas are automobile accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, medical malpractice claims and workplace injuries. Before forming Owens & Mulherin with Mr. Owens in 2001, Mr. Mulherin practiced at Bouhan, Williams & Levy, LLP, from 1984 - 2000, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases.…

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