Pedestrians are the most vulnerable travelers on Georgia roadways. The National Center of Statistics and Analysis, confirms that 4,808 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents in 2002, translating to an average of one pedestrian death every 109 minutes. During the same year, 71,000 pedestrians were injured in auto accidents, translating to an average of one pedestrian injury every 7 minutes.
Unfortunately, when a pedestrian is struck on a Georgia roadway by a motor vehicle or truck the injuries are almost always severe. Obviously, pedestrians are more at risk for serious injuries in vehicular collisions because pedestrians are not protected by the steel and crash protection systems in a car or truck.
Generally, most of pedestrian accidents happen as a result of automobile drivers failing to keep a proper look out for pedestrians. Georgia law imposes a duty on Georgia drivers to exercise due care to pedestrians as follows:
§ 40-6-93. Drivers to exercise due care
“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.”
Are you suffering from an injury as a result of being struck as a pedestrian by a negligent driver? If you or a friend or family member has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a negligent driver striking a pedestrian please contact William P. Evans immediately as a quick and thorough investigation to establish facts, contact witnesses, and preserve evidence can make a dramatic difference in the recovery obtained. William P. Evans has represented pedestrians injured as a result of negligent drivers for over 30 years. Mr. Evans’ paralegal, Michelle Foster, has assisted Mr. Evans in his practice for over 11 years. Please contact Mr. Evans or Ms. Foster immediately to seek assistance in your pedestrian injury case and to discuss your legal rights. Please either contact Mr. Evans or Ms. Foster at (404) 841-9400 or (866) 876-8554.