According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is injured in an automobile-related accident every eight minutes. Over the course of a year, automobile accidents involving pedestrians claim almost 5,000 lives and result in 70,000 injuries.
Oftentimes, the results of a pedestrian accident are devastating. Because of the sheer size, weight, and speed at which most vehicles travel, along with the relative lack of protection for pedestrians, these type of accidents frequently cause severe injuries and life-long disabilities. They can even result in death. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way meaning that when a pedestrian accident occurs, the driver is almost always at fault. Our Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys can help you understand your legal options after a serious accident. We provide a personalized approach, taking the time to look at each unique aspect of your situation before devising a sound plan of action.
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Pedestrian accident injuries can be quite severe. When you are walking along a road, you are relatively unprotected in comparison to large, heavy motor vehicles. Even at low speeds, a car can cause massive damage to an individual on foot.
Some injuries commonly incurred by pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents include:
In many cases, vehicle speed, negligence, and intoxication play big roles in the severity of pedestrian accidents. Every situation is different, but the results of such an incident can be life-changing.
The laws regarding pedestrians are similar across the United States. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks, public and private sidewalks, and on roads and highways. Although pedestrians have the right-of-way, they still have a responsibility to look out for oncoming traffic and act carefully when crossing the road.
For example, if a pedestrian were to jaywalk during rush hour, they would not be exercising a reasonable duty of care. This puts not only themselves at risk, but everyone else on the road. An oncoming vehicle might not have time to stop; it could slam on its breaks, hit the pedestrian, and travel into the path of other vehicles, causing an even more serious wreck.
Many pedestrian accidents occur as a result of negligence, typically on the part of the automobile driver. If a pedestrian exhibited a reasonable duty of care and was hit by an oncoming car, the driver may be liable for any injuries and other damages incurred.
The most frequent causes of pedestrian accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
At Jenkins Utley, P.C., we’ve helped many victims of pedestrian accidents in the Atlanta area, and we understand what is necessary to successfully pursue a personal injury claim and achieve positive results for our clients. If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to get the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on obtaining the proper medical care for your recovery. Reach out to our Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys today to schedule a free case evaluation. We offer caring and compassionate counsel and are not afraid to go to court and try a case to get you maximum compensation.
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