A Realistic Look at Senior Citizen Accidents in Georgia
Based on research from the U. S. federal government there are some startling statistics regarding pedestrian accidents and senior citizens:
- A recent report found that 1,168 pedestrian aged 65 years and older were killed in car accidents.
- Even though senior citizens are only 13 percent of the entire U. S. population, they are involved in nearly 1 of 4 (23 percent) of fatal car accidents.
- Senior citizens are also 2 to 8 times more likely to die from Fayette County pedestrian injuries that other segments of Georgia’s population would otherwise survive.
When a driver is licensed in Georgia they are granted permission, not a right, to operate their vehicle on Fayette County roads. In exchange for this privilege, drivers have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care to other drivers and Brooks’ pedestrians. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to speak with an accident attorney at (888) 927-6955.
Unfortunately, some drivers fail to maintain their duty of care and when this occurs, a Fayette County pedestrian accident can easily occur. A Brooks’ pedestrian accident can occur to anyone, including senior citizens, when drivers violate their duty of care in Fayette County. Some examples of this legal duty being disregarded include:
- Failing to yield to a Georgia pedestrian crossing the street
- Disregarding traffic signals and signs
Georgia senior citizens deserve respect and are owed legally a duty of care to let them cross the street or a parking lot. Whenever someone is driving, they are expected to expect the unexpected. This includes coming upon walkways in Georgia public roads and handicap parking in parking lots.
There are also other areas where drivers should especially be careful to watch out to not hit senior citizens and contribute to Fayette County pedestrian accidents. One area is a main entrance to a public building, such as a retail store or government building. Since handicap parking spaces are located near the main entrance to a building, senior citizens require more time to cross the roadway between their parking spot and the doors. Unfortunately, there Brooks’ pedestrian accidents because the negligent driver is too distracted by:
- Talking on their cell phone
- Driving too fast for road conditions
If you or one of your parents or grandparents have been injured in a Brooks pedestrian accident due to a negligent or reckless motor vehicle operator, don’t wait any longer to contact an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. Since our senior citizens are entitled to the utmost respect and might need extra medical care, the PI attorney you will speak with during your legal consultation will evaluate the Georgia pedestrian accident’s circumstances and make sure you or your love one gets justice.