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 lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review the incident and advise you of your legal rights.
Promptly reporting a pedestrian accident to an experienced pedestrian accident attorney allows for a thorough review of the accident scene. This will enable the attorney to determine if the accident scene was pedestrian-friendly and how "walkable" the location was. Such determination is based on the following factors:
- Provisions for pedestrian safety—This includes adequate lighting, carefully marked crossing areas or pedestrian crossing signs, speed limit signs or speed bumps, driver distractions placed by a store (such as advertisements or balloons)
- Designated pedestrian walkways—This includes properly maintained sidewalks that are free from obstructions such as signs, merchandise or landscaping debris
- Properly designed and maintained walkways—This includes pedestrian crossing lanes with properly timed signals, carefully marked lines where turning traffic should stop to accommodate pedestrians, properly painted crosswalk lines that are not faded
- Appropriate traffic conditions—This includes properly set speed limits when considering pedestrian traffic, appropriately posted speed limit signs near crosswalks
Injured pedestrians may be able to file negligence claims for their injuries. Claims may be filed against not only a negligent driver but also a property owner or municipal agency for not maintaining a safe pedestrian area.
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.