When pedestrians are involved in accidents with automobiles, they are the most at risk and oftentimes suffer the worst damages. Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to the environment when walking on sidewalks or crosswalks. They lack protection around them and can be severely injured by a negligent party on the road. Whether a person is walking, running, or just standing by the road, they can be hit by another car. The driver of a car can be distracted for a second or lose control of their car because they were speeding and severely injure a pedestrian or in worst cases cause the death of a person. The consequences and injuries from an accident like this can be tragic and life-changing; some include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Concussion and other head injuries
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
On March 11, 2013 there was a fatal pedestrian accident on the intersection of Camp Creek Parkway and Welcome All Road in Atlanta, Georgia. There was a collision between a vehicle making a turn and another vehicle driving straight. The driver of one of the cars exited her vehicle and went to go check on the driver of the other vehicle and she was hit by an oncoming car and killed. The other driver was injured and taken to the hospital but survived. This is a different type of pedestrian accident in that the person was not on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk but it shows the vulnerability that our fragile human bodies have to a vehicle.
The law is on the side of the pedestrian in many cases because drivers are supposed to avoid pedestrians on the road and are supposed to use precautions when pedestrians are near, including using a horn when needed. A pedestrian is allowed to cross the street at any intersection if they remain within the area between the sidewalks of each corner of the road. There does not need to be a line drawn for them, just as long as they are in that area. Once instance where a pedestrian may be at fault is when they are crossing the street between intersections that have traffic-control signals that are commanding that pedestrians do not use the crosswalk at that time. In that case, they are considered to be jaywalking which is against the law. This can make recovering damages for injuries more difficult which makes it even more important to seek experienced help from a Georgia personal injury lawyer.
Here at Jones & Swanson we focus on recovering damages for people who have been injured in an accident. We have experience handling many different types of accidents including:
If you are hit by any sort of vehicle, we are familiar with the aspects of your case. Pedestrian accidents can be devastating and can take years to recover so make sure that you receive the counsel that you need in your case in order to have the best opportunity to receive the maximum compensation possible. Our Marietta personal injury lawyers have been successful in recovering millions of dollars in damages in our cases. We can fight to collect relief for you for things such as:
- Time away from work
- Hospital bills
- Physical pain
- Loss of ability to earn a living
- Mental suffering
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact our firm. With over 40 years of combined experience, we may be able to help you fight for the compensation that your deserve. We offer a free consultation so you can speak with one of our attorneys about your case without any charge.