Our Atlanta accident attorneys recently wrote an article focusing on mistakes that pedestrians in Atlanta should avoid making to minimize their chances of injuries. In this blog, we will take a look at mistakes drivers make and how they can help reduce pedestrian accidents.
Recently, Atlanta Police and the pedestrian advocacy group PEDS set up a sting to increase pedestrian safety in Georgia. The sting was to promote driver awareness of crosswalk laws. During this sting, police caught over a dozen motorists breaking the law.
Laws Drivers Neglect that Endanger Pedestrian Safety
A pedestrian attempted to cross West Peachtree Street when a car violated the law by driving across the crosswalk while the pedestrian was in it. Police stopped the car because of Georgia’s crosswalk right-of-way law. This means that a driver of a motor vehicle cannot drive across a crosswalk on a one-way street when a pedestrian is crossing in it.
Police cited drivers who broke the law and also handed out flyers to help educate drivers. The flyer informed drivers of Georgia driving laws, including:
- Drivers must stop at the crosswalk until the pedestrian crosses the center line of a two-way street.
- Drivers must stop at the crosswalk until the pedestrian reaches the other side of the road on a one-way street.
- Pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk, even when a turning driver has a green light.
- Drivers cannot block crosswalks.
- Drivers should never pass a car stopped at a crosswalk because that vehicle may be blocking the view of a pedestrian.
Atlanta police indicated that about four pedestrians are hit every day in the metro Atlanta area, and that approximately 80 pedestrians are killed annually in this area.
If you have been hurt in an Atlanta pedestrian accident, please call Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 today. Our compassionate and skilled pedestrian injury attorneys can offer you a free case consultation as our way of introducing the firm.