Automobile crashes that involve pedestrians being struck while walking or running along Georgia roadways often lead to the most severe injuries of any other type of crash. The average car in the United States weighs 4,000 pounds. Compared to a pedestrian weighing only hundreds of pounds, vehicles are extremely dangerous.
Just this morning, a woman was struck and killed at the Duluth Highway and Medical Center Boulevard intersection. This intersection is located in front of Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. Unfortunately, this was the second Gwinnett County pedestrian accident in the last three days, both resulting in fatalities. On Tuesday morning, another pedestrian was struck on the ramp from Georgia 20 to Interstate 85 Northbound. The pedestrian was crossing the ramp when a vehicle struck him.
While pedestrian-automobile crashes are often devastating, it is not always the fault of either the driver or the pedestrian. Regardless of who was at fault, it is imperative that you know what to do following a pedestrian accident. Although you may be upset at the time, it is important that you immediately seek safety for those injured in the crash. Then, call 911 to report the crash and request medical assistance. If the pedestrian is able, it is smart to exchange contact information such as your name, phone number, and insurance information.
If you were a pedestrian injured in a crash due to the driver of the vehicle being inattentive, speeding, driving under the influence, or failing to yield, you may have a legal claim for compensation. At Jones & Swanson, we represent innocent pedestrians who were seriously injured in crashes where the driver was found to be at fault by investigating officers. Give us a call at (770) 427-5498 or fill out our online contact form for more information.