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Clayton County Pedestrian Accidents: Common Risk Factors

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian accidents account for 11 percent of all fatalities involving motor vehicles. Pedestrians are at a severe disadvantage in accidents involving vehicles as they lack the safety protections that are standard in almost all vehicles. Serious or fatal injuries can occur in low-speed accidents because pedestrians do not have safeguards such as airbags, seat restraints or impact resistance measures found in vehicles. 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.

 

The NHTSA reports that a pedestrian is killed approximately every 100 minutes. Metropolitan areas account for nearly 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities; this is due to the confluence of vehicles and pedestrians. Rural areas account for more serious injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries and internal organ damage. This is because of the speed of the impact in most rural pedestrian accidents; urban areas are more likely to have congested traffic while rural areas have more open road. The NHTSA reports that there are 57.1 injuries for every death in an accident occurring at 25 miles per hour; there are 0.3 injuries per death in an accident occurring at 60 miles per hour.

 

Georgia law protects pedestrians and provides pedestrians with the right of way in almost all cases. Drivers are instructed to stop for pedestrians in Georgia crosswalks. Automobiles are expected to show the highest degree of care to pedestrians. Drivers who disregard the pedestrian's right of way may be found liable for damages to a pedestrian who is injured or killed in an accident.

 

Pedestrians are expected to exercise due care in avoiding accidents and injuries. Pedestrians who do not take reasonable care may have their recovery amount reduced in a pedestrian accident lawsuit. Pedestrians can mitigate their responsibility in an accident by crossing in a crosswalk rather than jaywalking. Pedestrians can also wear bright clothing in the dark to be as visible as possible to oncoming traffic. They can also remain alert by minimizing distractions such as handheld devices (including texting while walking) and using earphones that prevent a pedestrian from hearing traffic sounds.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian accidents account for 11 percent of all fatalities involving motor vehicles. Pedestrians are at a severe disadvantage in accidents involving vehicles as they lack the safety protections that are standard in almost all vehicles. Serious or fatal injuries can occur in low-speed accidents because pedestrians do not have safeguards such as airbags, seat restraints or impact resistance measures found in vehicles. 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.">Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney can help 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 ask to schedule a free legal consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia