The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan reports that has over 100 pedestrian fatalities per year. GDOT estimated that 2012 pedestrian deaths would likely exceed those in 2011.
Of the pedestrian fatalities, 91 percent occur in the roadway and only 5 percent occur in marked crosswalks. According to GDOT, over half involve either an impaired driver or a distracted pedestrian.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 20-year-old Georgia woman who was jaywalking while wearing headphones was struck and critically injured by a MARTA bus. None of the five passengers on the bus were hurt in the accident. Eyewitnesses told police that the woman did not look left or right before walking in front of the bus. Witnesses also confirmed that the bus had a green light while the pedestrian did not.
Victims of Atlanta pedestrian accidents may have legal claims even if they were jaywalking. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith and speak with a pedestrian injury lawyer if you would like a free consultation.