According to the United States Department of Transportation data an average of over 60,000 pedestrians are injured in the United States each year. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) published a study that indicated the actual number of pedestrian injuries is likely much higher as reported data only includes injuries sustained in accidents with vehicles or bicycles.
A Coweta County pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review the incident and advise a victim of his legal rights.
Georgia law protects pedestrians but there are circumstances where a pedestrian may contribute to or be the cause of the accident. Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Section 40-6-93 states that 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." However, a pedestrian who does not behave as a reasonably prudent person would under the same circumstances may be held partially or entirely at fault.
O.C.G.A. Section 40-6-92(a) states that every pedestrian crossing the street, whether in a crosswalk or not, shall yield the right of way to all vehicles unless the pedestrian has already safely entered the road. Pedestrians may cross at any intersection if they stay within an imaginary line that is established between the sidewalk on either side of the road. The lack of painted crosswalk lines does not mean the pedestrian is jaywalking.
Victims should seek the assistance of a Coweta County pedestrian accident attorney to protect their rights by securing police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence and to deal with insurance representatives.