Georgia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
When crossing a street as a pedestrian, you have rights. In most instances, Georgia’s crosswalks are the part of the intersection that connects the sidewalks on either side of the street, whether the crosswalk is painted or not.
The law requires drivers to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks and in many other situations. It is also permissible for pedestrians to walk across a street even between intersections. Just as is the case with bicycles, pedestrians are much more vulnerable to serious and catastrophic injury, including fatal injuries, when hit by a motor vehicle.
Scholle Law represents victims of pedestrian accidents and their families. At Scholle Law, our team of lawyers and paralegals are dedicated to recovering the compensation clients deserve after a serious injury. For over two decades, we have provided our clients with the support they need to get through the litigation process and recover all the compensation to which they are entitled.
If you have been injured by another person while you were walking down the street, you have legal rights. The attorneys at Scholle Law are here to help. Give us a call at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Georgia pedestrian accident lawyer today.
Pedestrian Accidents in Georgia
Under Georgia law, pedestrians are given special protections when they are legally crossing the road. Under O.C.G.A § 40-6-91:
The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a 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.
Further, “every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway, shall give warning by sounding his horn when necessary, and shall exercise proper precautions upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person.” (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-93)
Unfortunately, these laws do not always protect pedestrians as they should. In fact, in 2019, there were an estimated 6,590 pedestrian fatalities across the nation, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. While this is only a small increase from 2018 (6,283 pedestrian deaths), the number of pedestrian accidents rose by 53 percent from 2009 to 2018.
Georgia was one of five states that accounted for nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities, along with Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas). There is good news, however: Georgia was one of only six states to report double-digit decreases in the number and rate of pedestrian fatalities in the first half of 2019.
From January to June of 2019, Georgia reported 116 pedestrian deaths. This was a rate of 1.09 fatalities per 100,000 people.
Speak to a Georgia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the consequences can be catastrophic. You may suffer life-altering injuries – including and up to death. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, you have rights. The attorneys at Scholle Law can help you explore all of your legal options, including seeking compensation.
Our team knows how devastating a pedestrian accident can be. Trying to deal with the insurance company while you are recovering from the incident is not something most people want to do. Our attorneys will handle the insurance company for you and fight for every penny of compensation you deserve.
Give us a call at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Georgia pedestrian accident lawyer today.