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Georgia Pedestrian Accidents: What State Law Has to Say about the Rights of Pedestrians

Pedestrian Accident Attorney Shane Smith Explains Right of Way for Georgia Pedestrians

Sadly, far too few drivers in Georgia know what right of way pedestrians have when approaching the road to cross. This lack of knowledge regrettably leads to many innocent pedestrians suffering serious and sometimes fatal injuries due to the negligence of drivers failing to follow the law.

Between 2000 and 2008, out of all fatal victims fatally injured in car crashes in Georgia, 9.4 percent were pedestrians. During 2008, pedestrian deaths in Georgia made up one out of ten of all of the deaths from motor vehicle deaths.  

Morrow drivers can benefit from learning all about the law because in addition to saving themselves time, a ticket and a guilty conscious, many innocent pedestrians will have their lives saved.

According to O.C.G.A § 40-6-91, drivers have a legal duty to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians crossing a street in a crosswalk when a pedestrian is in the complete half of the crosswalk where the car is traveling upon and in the closet lane of the crosswalk of the opposing lane of traffic.

If a motor vehicle is already stopped at a crosswalk and another vehicle is approaching in the same direction, the approaching vehicle must stop before the crosswalk and stop in-line with the already waiting motor vehicle.    

Unfortunately, due to negligent motor vehicle drivers in Georgia who disregard the law, many Clayton County pedestrian accidents do occur. For those who are reckless and blatantly disregard the law, Morrow pedestrian deaths unfortunately do occur. Speaking with a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will enable you to have you circumstances evaluated. You will learn if you have a case, what damages you may have and how to obtain a recover y that ensures you are made whole again. Call (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation. 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia