According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian accidents account for 11 percent of all fatalities involving motor vehicles. The NHTSA reports that a pedestrian is killed approximately every 100 minutes.
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.
A 26-year-old Georgia woman was arrested and charged with hit-and-run and homicide by vehicle related to a recent Atlanta accident. A pedestrian in his 50s was hit by a car in the early evening hours on a residential street. The man was critically injured and later died at a hospital. The woman was arrested on a traffic stop for driving without a license a short time after the accident.
Investigators spoke with witnesses and were following leads that described the woman's car. Upon further review it was discovered that the woman had already been arrested and was in the city jail.
Georgia law protects pedestrians and provides pedestrians with the right of way in almost all cases. Drivers are instructed to stop for pedestrians in Georgia crosswalks. Automobiles are expected to show the highest degree of care to pedestrians. Drivers who disregard the pedestrian's right of way may be found liable for damages to a pedestrian who is injured or killed in an accident.
A Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney can help if you were a pedestrian and were struck by a vehicle. An experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can secure police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence. Call for a free legal consultation.