Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Because they are so exposed, pedestrians are at an especially high risk of sustaining an injury in a traffic accident. Recognizing this danger, Georgia requires drivers to comply with laws specifically designed to protect pedestrians. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents still occur at an alarming rate. In fact, according to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 70,000 pedestrians are injured in traffic accidents every year.
Although injured parties can file a claim with the court to collect compensation for their accident-related losses, the process can be time-consuming and difficult. Furthermore, failure to comply with procedural rules or to file a claim within the appropriate time limit could lead to a case being barred, making it especially important for pedestrians who were injured in an accident with a motorist to contact an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney who can help them file a claim in the appropriate court.
In an effort to prevent these types of accidents, the Georgia Legislature passed a law requiring all drivers to exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians. To this end, drivers must warn pedestrians when necessary by sounding their horns and are required to exercise caution after observing certain types of pedestrians who may be more at risk of injury, including:
- Those who are confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated
Unfortunately, despite these requirements, pedestrian accidents still can and do occur across the state of Georgia.
When Are Pedestrian Accidents Most Likely to Occur?
There are a number of ways that pedestrians can be injured in traffic accidents. However, most pedestrian-motorist collisions involve:
- A motorist’s decision to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- A driver’s failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
- Reckless driving
- Driving while distracted
- Poor visibility due to the time of day or weather conditions
Most traffic-related pedestrian accidents are the result of at least one person’s negligence, whether it is the driver or pedestrian. However, not all cases are this simple, and in some situations, more than one party may be at fault. Fortunately, even when a pedestrian contributed to an accident, he or she can still hold the other party accountable because Georgia is a comparative negligence state, which means that an injured party who was partially at fault in causing an accident can still collect compensation as long as he or she was not 50 percent or more responsible for the incident. This is especially important for injured pedestrians, who suffer particularly serious injuries and are able to collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, even if they bear a small degree of responsibility for the accident itself.
Contact Us Today to Speak with an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you were injured in an accident with a motorist, please contact us at Hasner Law by calling 678-888-HURT (4878) to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta motor vehicle accident attorney who can evaluate your case.