Who had the right of way? An Atlanta accident attorney can help answer this question and others you may have if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian safety is so important. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2010 there were 4,280 fatal pedestrian accident injuries involving a motor vehicle. That averages nearly 12 deaths every single day. The Atlanta area is among the most dangerous for pedestrians, according to a Transportation America report.
Crossing Without a Crosswalk
When a pedestrian crosses a road that does not have a marked crosswalk, then the right of way is given to motorists. The only possible exception would be if the individual already started crossing and a vehicle approaches. The law also states that a pedestrian cannot cross between two adjacent intersections if both have operational traffic signals.
Pedestrians cannot cross a road diagonally, unless there is a signal or markings that allow for it. Whenever a pedestrian fails to yield the right of way when it is owed to the motorist or crosses a street or road improperly, he or she can be found at fault if an accident occurs.
Despite these laws that give pedestrians the right of way, it doesn’t mean that an individual has the right to run into traffic or suddenly leave the curb. If it would be virtually impossible for a motorist to stop safely, he or she likely wouldn’t be liable for any resulting injuries to the pedestrian.
Seeking Help from Atlanta Accident Attorneys
When you or a loved one has suffered serious or fatal injuries caused by a driver’s negligence, have an attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith evaluate your case. You could be entitled to compensation that addresses your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Seeking legal counsel can provide more individualized analysis of your case and compensation to which you may be entitled.
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