According to United States Department of Transportation data an average of over 60,000 pedestrians are injured in accidents with vehicles in the United States each year. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) published a study that showed most pedestrian injuries occur at night.
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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,280 pedestrians were killed in 2010 in United States traffic crashes, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes.
Many Georgia pedestrian accidents occur in rural areas where drivers may not be paying close attention and may be traveling faster than recommended. In many cases drivers are not expecting stop on rural and country roads and may not be driving defensively.
Some common injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents include:
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Loss of consciousness/coma/memory problems
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paraplegia/quadriplegia
Hospitalization periods following a pedestrian accident can be lengthy and medical bills can be costly. The Law Offices of Shane Smith can investigate sources of insurance and other benefits available to pay the medical bills. We can also negotiate and reduce hospital and insurance liens that potentially could reduce the amount of money due at a case's conclusion.
Victims should seek the assistance of a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney to protect their rights by securing police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence and to deal with insurance representatives. Victims should call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free legal consultation.