Pedestrian Accidents Causes
In Georgia, specific laws were put in place to help prevent motor vehicle drivers from being involved in accidental collisions with pedestrians. While many drivers comply with these laws and drive carefully, others do not, which can have devastating consequences for pedestrian victims and their families. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as many as 70,000 pedestrians are injured in traffic crashes every year.
Fortunately, injured pedestrians may be able to collect compensation for their losses, injuries, and medical expenses, so if you live in Manchester, or somewhere else in Meriwether County and were injured in a car accident, it is critical to speak with an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer who can represent your interests after you have been involved in a pedestrian accident.Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There are a variety of ways that pedestrians can be injured in traffic-related accidents. However, the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in Atlanta include:
- Motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Drivers failing to yield the right of way;
- Malfunctioning traffic signals;
- Motorists who drive recklessly or disobey traffic laws;
- Distracted driving, such as texting;
- Poor lighting;
- Obscured traffic signs; and
- Road rage.
Although faulty traffic signals and poor street lighting can and often do in some way contribute to thousands of pedestrian accidents every year, most are the result of someone’s negligence. Injuries resulting from these types of accidents are often serious, which is due to the sheer size difference between pedestrians and the vehicles that forcefully strike them. When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian is frequently severely injured. If you have been a victim of a peestrian accident, contact a personal injury Attorney serving Atlanta right away.
The driver’s speed can also dictate the severity of any resulting injuries that the pedestrian may suffer. Still, there are some types of injuries that are typical in traffic-related pedestrian accidents, including:
- Crushed or broken bones;
- Severe lacerations;
- Spinal cord damage; and
- Traumatic brain injury.
These types of injuries are notoriously difficult and expensive to treat. Also, due to the severe nature of pedestrian accident injuries, they often take a long time to heal and usually require long-term recovery and extensive physical therapy, making it especially important for victims to collect compensation from the negligent parties.State Law
A number of state laws require drivers to give pedestrians the right of way in specific situations. For instance, drivers are required to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the roadway at crosswalks when:
- The pedestrian is walking on the half of the roadway upon which the car is also traveling;
- The pedestrian is approaching and is within one lane of the half of the road on which the vehicle is traveling; or
- The pedestrian is walking on the road onto which a car is turning.
Furthermore, whenever a car is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an intersection to allow a pedestrian to cross, any drivers approaching from the rear are prohibited from overtaking and passing the stopped vehicle. This law is to protect unseen pedestrians who might be positioned behind the stopped vehicle.
Drivers who violate these laws can be held liable for the victim’s damages, which could include:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of future income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Property damage; and
- Wrongful death.
Drivers have a duty to comply with all traffic laws and to keep an eye out for pedestrians. Failing to do so can have devastating consequences, so if you live in Manchester or Meriwether County and were injured while crossing the road, please call the Angell Law Firm at (770) 217-4954 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Atlanta who can evaluate your case.