Jaywalking in Georgia is a confusing offense as inconsistent laws dictate that it is sometimes legal to jaywalk. Such regulations are frequently dictated by the street's configuration, the road's markings and the city's street engineering. Georgia pedestrian accident victims who are struck by a vehicle while jaywalking may be reluctant to pursue damages because they think jaywalking is always illegal. If you are injured a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review the incident and advise you of your legal rights.
Important Georgia Pedestrian-Related Laws
Georgia laws aim to protect pedestrians. According to Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Section 40-6-93, drivers should "...exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian...and shall exercise proper precautions upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person."
Similarly, O.C.G.A. Sec. 40-6-92 states that a pedestrian who is jaywalking or is already in the street when their light turns red (or the pedestrian signal changes to "Don't Walk") nevertheless has the right of way; vehicles must allow the pedestrian to finish crossing even though they may have a green light or green arrow. Even pedestrians using a crosswalk are supposed to yield to cars unless the pedestrians had already begun crossing. In other words, pedestrians must yield to cars if the pedestrians are not yet in the road and cars are approaching.
What Should I Do?
It is important to secure the services of a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney if you were a pedestrian and were struck by a vehicle. An experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can secure police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence. Call 866-979-1629 and schedule a free legal consultation.