According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Georgia ranks ninth in the number deadly pedestrian crashes per capita nationwide. Almost two pedestrians per 100,000 people died in Georgia in 2010; the national average for pedestrian accident deaths was only 1.38 per 100,000 people. The NHTSA estimates that a pedestrian is killed in an automobile-pedestrian accident every 109 minutes and an injury occurs every seven minutes. The figures could be grossly misleading as many accidents and injuries go unreported.
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.
Georgia law protects victims and their families from injuries and losses sustained in pedestrian accidents. Liability for such accidents is determined using general negligence concepts. Georgia statutes dictate that in most cases pedestrians have the right of way. As a result, most pedestrian accidents are viewed through the perspective of the motorist violating the duty to exercise reasonable care near a pedestrian.
A pedestrian who can show that a driver was the proximate cause of the accident and resulting injuries has a reasonable case against the driver. However, injuries and complications may not be readily apparent and insurance adjusters representing the driver may make a rapid settlement offer. The injured pedestrian should consult an experienced Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney before accepting a settlement offer.
A 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 to schedule a free legal consultation.