In 2014, 182 Georgia pedestrians died while crossing the roads. One pedestrian was killed by a car in Athens in 2014 and two were killed in 2013. About half of the reported pedestrian injuries and fatalities occurred in metro Atlanta with the most dangerous roads being suburban arterials. When a car strikes a pedestrian, there is usually a very good chance that negligence played a role. Drivers in Athens and Atlanta always have a duty to be on the lookout for pedestrians in and around the road. They must not only yield to pedestrians, but also remain stopped. It is illegal for drivers to drive around, cut off or squeeze by a pedestrian, even if there’s room. Even at relatively low speeds, pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries and can be traumatic.
Pedestrian Safety: Howell & Johnson, LLC
In order to stay safe while walking the roads, it’s important to:
- Carry a flashlight and have some reflective materials on outer garments when walking at night.
- Walk on sidewalks when available.
- Cross the streets in designated crosswalks.
- When sidewalks aren’t available, walkers should walk on the shoulder of the road facing oncoming traffic. This way, one can be on the lookout with approaching vehicles.
Personal Injuries with Pedestrian Accidents: Attorney Evan Howell
While most pedestrian injuries occur at the primary point of impact, other injuries are secondary. This occurs when a pedestrian is propelled into another solid object. The most common pedestrian injuries include scalp lacerations, abrasion, brain concussions, spinal cord injuries and fractures to the fibula, tibia, femur, hip and pelvis. Many pedestrian accidents are due to motorists failing to yield to a pedestrian, driving too fast, distractions like texting and listening to music and intoxication.
If you’ve been struck by a vehicle while walking due to the negligence of the operator of the vehicle, you are entitled to compensation for your damages. Damages include pain and suffering, disability, loss wages and medical expenses. Turn to the Law Office of Howell & Johnson for the best legal representation. They have years of experience in personal injury claims and have won substantial awards for their clients. And with their astute negotiation skills, many cases are settled without having to go to trial.