When you think of a pedestrian accident, most people immediately think of a pedestrian who is hit by a car. While it is true that many pedestrian accidents do involve motor vehicles and do happen in the road, many pedestrian accidents involve other non-vehicular conditions. Pedestrians are at a high risk of injury in any kind of accident because of the lack of protection they have around them as they walk down the street. Injuries from non-vehicular accidents may often be serious and may significantly affect your life. For example, a spinal or traumatic brain injury from a fall may take weeks, months, or even years of taxing and expensive recovery. If you were a pedestrian involved in an accident that was due to someone else’s negligence or a dangerous condition, you are entitled to recover for any injuries you sustained. A Clayton County accident attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Common non-vehicular pedestrian accidents include slips, falls, trips, running into objects, getting hit by falling objects, and much more. These types of accidents may be caused by conditions such as:
- Unsafe sidewalks, parking lots, or curbs
- Building or construction sites with unstable materials or falling objects
- Debris or unmarked objects blocking the walkway
- Inadequate maintenance of public or private property
Many parties may be responsible for conditions that put pedestrians in harm’s way. For instance, the accident may be the fault of government entities responsible for sidewalk or curb maintenance, private property owners who do not properly maintain their premises, or construction or other companies who are doing work near pedestrian areas.
Sometimes, it may be difficult to determine who exactly is responsible for the accident or condition, and sometimes more than one party may be responsible. Therefore, it is important to contact a legal professional who knows how to determine liability in a non-vehicular accident. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, call 770-487-8999 to schedule an appointment with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today.