Pedestrian Accident Injuries Require Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
Pedestrians involved in car accidents are particularly vulnerable to harm. Unlike motorists, who have airbags and other safety devices to shield them from injuries, pedestrians have no physical protection. When hit by a car, pedestrians may suffer violent, catastrophic injuries or even death.
If you are a pedestrian who has been hit by a car, truck or motorcycle, you need medical help for your injuries – and you need legal help now to protect your rights.
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Injured In A Pedestrian Accident? Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Can Help
According to the most recent federal statistics, 4,092 pedestrians died and 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes across the United States in 2009. Unfortunately, Georgia itself has a poor record. A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that, with 150 deaths, Georgia has the sixth highest number of pedestrian accident fatalities in the nation. Sadly, that number may increase in future years as the population balloons in Atlanta and the surrounding communities.
Current U.S. Census data indicates that Georgia’s population has grown by more than 20 percent over the last 10 years. The five metropolitan Atlanta counties – Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton & Gwinnett counties – expanded by 13.45 percent during the same period. The state Department of Transportation has also noted that very few neighborhoods in Georgia have sidewalks or bike paths, which may explain why a large number of pedestrian crashes occur on city streets.
Other noteworthy Georgia pedestrian accident statistics compiled over the years:
- On average, 3 pedestrians were killed and 40 were injured from 2000-2006.
- Pedestrians are 32 times more likely to be killed in motor vehicle crashes than the vehicle occupants are.
- The risk of a pedestrian being seriously injured in a crash is 19 times greater than the risk of serious injury to the vehicle occupant.
- In 2006, 43 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred in the five Atlanta metropolitan counties.
- More pedestrians die on state routes than on city streets. That may be because there are fewer crosswalks, no pedestrian walkways and vehicles move at higher speeds on state roads.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Georgia laws take pedestrian safety very seriously. Pedestrians are protected in designated crosswalks, and the law requires motorists to exercise “due care” around pedestrians anywhere on the road. Recently, the state also added pedestrian-activated red stoplights at high-volume pedestrian crossings. However, drivers may still be held liable for pedestrian injuries in crashes that occur outside of crosswalks.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Driver error: Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians when crossing streets or at intersections is one of the most frequent mistakes cited in accidents involving pedestrians.
- Reckless driving: Speeding, running a red light or rolling through a stop sign can also be deadly for pedestrians.
- Drunk driving: According to the National Highway Transportation Administration’s currently available data, 48 percent of all pedestrian traffic fatalities in 2009 involved alcohol – on the part of either the pedestrian or the driver. It is important to note that in the majority of cases, it was the pedestrian – not the driver – who was intoxicated. Both parties have a responsibility to behave safely on the roads, and both may be held legally responsible for their negligence when accidents happen.
- Driver inattention: Talking on a cell phone, programming a GPS, or text messaging all take a driver’s eyes and mind off the road. Even the shortest distraction can have life-altering consequences.
How We Can Help
Recuperating from a pedestrian crash can be a lengthy and expensive process. On top of the immediate medical bills, you may have added expenses during your recovery such as the cost of for physical therapy, rehabilitation, nursing services or equipment like wheelchairs.
You may also be facing the reality that you will not be able to work again or perform the same everyday tasks that you did before. Simply put, your quality of life has suffered.
Our accident attorneys can provide sound legal representation so that you can begin to rebuild your life. We can use medical records, police reports, witness statements, accident reconstructionists and even economists to put together a case that demands compensation for your present and future losses, pain and suffering and diminished quality of life.
Call Us Today
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, it is important to speak with a lawyer to find out what your case is really worth. Call us, or use our online contact form for a free consultation. Remember, if there is no recovery in your case, there is no fee for our services.