Unfortunately, far too many Gwinnett County pedestrian accidents occur in Georgia due to negligent and reckless drivers. When a pedestrian is stuck by a car, there is a good chance of the innocent pedestrian receiving serious, if not fatal, injuries from the impact. Based on the following statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, you will learn pedestrians are hit and injured or killed more often than you think:
- Nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed every single year and 64,000 more are injured
- More than 1 out of 10 (11%) of all deaths from motor vehicles are pedestrians
- After motor vehicle occupant deaths, pedestrian deaths are the most prevalent type of motor vehicle related deaths
- Once every 8 minutes a pedestrian becomes injured, while once every 111 minutes a pedestrian is killed due to a traffic accident.
If you have been injured as a result of a Mechanicsville pedestrian accident, don’t wait any longer to speak with a Gwinnett County pedestrian attorney who will evaluate your case. Call (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free consultation where you can have your Georgia pedestrian accident circumstances evaluated and see what your legal rights are.
In order to prevail on a Gwinnett Counter pedestrian accident claim, the circumstances around it must conform to Georgia State law. Georgia State law O.C. G. A § 40-6-91 and O.C.G.A. give a good overview on the right of way pedestrians have on Georgia roads.
According the O.C.G.A. § 40-6-91 pedestrians have the following right of way in crosswalks:
- If a pedestrian is within the half of the lane of travel or within the closest half of the opposing lane of traffic, a motor vehicle must stop before the crosswalk to permit the pedestrian to walk across the road.
- If a motor vehicle is already stopped at crosswalk, cars in the opposing lane of traffic must not pass the vehicle in the opposing lane of traffic.
Based on O.C.G.A. § 40-6-96, pedestrians have the following right-of-way when pedestrians are near a road moving on their feet:
- Unless posing an immediate danger, if a sidewalk is present, pedestrians must use the sidewalk and not the road’s shoulder.
- When no sidewalk exists, pedestrians are required to stay as far away from the road as practicable.
- If there is no sidewalk or road shoulder, pedestrians are required to walk as closely as safely as possible to walk on the further edge of the road.
When it comes to Gwinnett County pedestrian accidents, pedestrians do have a duty to maintain their safety, but drivers do as well. If a driver fails to maintain their duty of care and their negligence or recklessness has caused you, as a Georgia pedestrian, to sustain injuries, regardless of their extent, contact a Mechanicsville pedestrian accident attorney to see if you have a case. The only way to determine your legal rights is to take advantage of a free legal consultation by calling the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (888) 927-6955.