Pedestrians are a particularly high risk of injury if they are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. When a car or a truck hits an unprotected person, the injuries can be extremely severe and may even be catastrophic. Fortunately for pedestrian accident victims, Georgia law allows people injured by driver negligence to recover for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. People who successfully sue negligent drivers may be able to receive compensation for their medical expenses, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, and property damage, among other losses. Because the legal issues surrounding a car accident case can be very complicated, it is important that car accident victims retain the services of an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people get the maximum amount of recovery possible for their injuries.
Drivers are known to pay less attention to pedestrians and bicyclists than other vehicles, and often fail to yield the right of way to these groups of commuters. Fortunately for pedestrians, there are clear steps that a person can take to minimize the risk of being involved in an accident. Some of these steps include:
- Stay on sidewalks and off of streets and highways
- If there are no sidewalks, walk facing oncoming traffic
- Dress in bright colors or wear retro-reflective material
- Be aware of drivers and your surroundings
- Use caution when crossing multiple lane roads
- Avoid walking on particularly busy streets
- Be aware that alcohol may affect your ability to walk
Even in the best of circumstances, pedestrian accidents are bound to happen. After an accident, be sure to undergo a complete medical evaluation to ensure that your injuries are diagnosed and properly treated.
Contact a Gwinnett County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been involved in an pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact our office today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation.