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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,280 pedestrians were killed in 2010 in United States traffic crashes, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes.
In 2012, a 55-year-old Georgia pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle that left the scene of the accident. Local law enforcement investigated and examined tips and evidence from the scene, releasing some information to the local media. Two years later the hit-and-run driver turned himself in to the police.
Georgia law requires that a driver must stop and render aid if someone is hurt in an accident.
Georgia Code § 40-6-270 specifies that it is a felony with up to five years in prison when a driver flees an accident scene involving a fatality.
Police investigating the accident indicated that the pedestrian may have been at fault. However, the driver could still be charged with felony hit-and-run involving a fatality.
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit.
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.