Unfortunately thousands of pedestrians are killed or severely injured every year. Pedestrian collisions may occur in a crosswalk, along a sidewalk, “soft” shoulder, or when someone is simply crossing the street. Our firm has represented many victims of pedestrian accidents. Often times the at-fault driver is distracted by a navigation system, cellular phone, or radio.
In Georgia, when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk, the driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow the pedestrian to cross the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching and is within one lane of the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. Additionally, when a pedestrian is entering a roadway at any point other than within a crosswalk the pedestrian shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway unless he or she has already entered the roadway under safe conditions.
Pedestrian cases are very fact specific and involve a thorough investigation. Even if you were not in a crosswalk but you were injured as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Please feel free to contact our office if you or a family member has been injured in a pedestrian collision to discuss the options that you may have in seeking recovery from the at-fault party.