According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 70,000 pedestrians are injured and over 4,000 people are killed in accidents every year in the United States. Pedestrians have almost no protection in accidents, and a collision with a motor vehicle can cause multiple, serious, and even permanently disabling injuries. Victims may not be able to return to work and may lose significant income during their long recovery time. In addition, medical expenses may be overwhelming. People who suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents deserve to be compensated by the driver who was responsible for causing the accident. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Coweta County can help you receive the settlement you deserve.
It should not be surprising that the majority of pedestrian accidents happen at night. Therefore, in order to avoid accidents, pedestrians should follow some basic safety tips for walking along streets at nighttime. Some tips include the following:
- Carry a flashlight
- Wear as much retro-reflective clothing as possible
- Always use the sidewalks and walk under streetlights when possible
- Always cross at crosswalks with traffic signals
Even if you follow the above safety tips and more, there is always still a chance that a driver will act in a negligent manner and hit you while you are walking. Drivers who make careless mistakes or break traffic laws and cause you injury should be held liable for their actions. An experienced accident lawyer knows how to help you hold the driver accountable by filing a legal claim.
Contact a Coweta County Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you are most likely facing piles of medical bills, time off work, and other injury-related expenses. In addition, you likely have experienced pain and suffering during an extensive recovery time. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer understands how much you have been through and how much you deserve to be compensated for your losses by the responsible driver. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident call Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 for help today.