Statistics indicate that thousands of pedestrians are injured every year in accidents involving motor vehicles. Pedestrians are often more difficult for motorists to see, particularly at night. When these accidents occur, pedestrians often sustain serious injuries, some of which may leave them with long-term medical problems. Fortunately, Georgia law allows people injured by the carelessness or negligence of others to recover for their losses by filing a civil lawsuit. Calling one of the personal injury lawyers is the first step to making sure that you get the compensation you deserve after a Palmetto pedestrian accident.
While some pedestrian accidents are bound to occur, there are certain steps that people can take to reduce their risk of being struck by a car. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that pedestrians take the following steps:
Whenever possible, only cross streets at designated crosswalks.
Be especially aware of vehicles at intersections where a vehicle could fail to yield the right of way to crossing pedestrians.
When walking at night, take steps to increase your visibility, including carrying a flashlight or wearing retro-reflective clothing.
Use sidewalks whenever possible. If there is no sidewalk where you are walking, walk in the street facing traffic.
After a pedestrian accident, it is important to seek medical attention even if you do not seem to be hurt. Certain injuries will not become symptomatic for hours or even days after the injury occurs, and seeing a medical professional will ensure that your injuries are properly treated and that an official record is generated connecting them with the incident in which you were involved.
Contact a Palmetto personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have been hurt in a pedestrian in Palmetto or anywhere else in Coweta County, you should contact an attorney immediately. You may be entitled to financial compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, or damage to property. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.