Walking is a popular form of transportation. Walking allows you to get exercise, avoid congested roadways, and enjoy the outdoors all at the same time. Unfortunately, there are dangers and risks that come with being a pedestrian. Not all roads have sidewalks, and not all drivers or pedestrians follow traffic signals and laws. Pedestrians who jaywalk often underestimate the speed of approaching traffic, and sometimes pedestrians get stranded in the middle of a busy road. More commonly, drivers making right-hand turns on red often do not understand or follow the laws regarding pedestrian right of way. Any of these dangers can lead to a pedestrian accident, and injuries of such accidents can be very serious due the sheer size and weight of cars and the complete lack of protection for pedestrians. These injuries can be expensive and treatment extensive, and a Newnan personal injury attorney can help you recover if you have suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, and can help
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that an estimated 50,000 adults visit hospital emergency rooms each year because they have suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident. An overwhelming majority (92.5%) of these accidents involved an elderly adult falling or tripping in the street and getting hit by a motor vehicle. A large portion of pedestrian falls involve a curb – whether the pedestrian tripped over the curb or missed the curb. Furthermore, a large amount pedestrian injuries happen while crossing the street. Even if a pedestrian only crosses at crosswalks and follows all traffic signals, some drivers may fail to keep an eye out for or yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street. The risk of a pedestrian accident also greatly increases at night, as even with headlights and streetlights, pedestrians are difficult for drivers to see until it is too late to stop their vehicles. Pedestrians wearing dark clothing can be particularly difficult to spot at night.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, the injuries can be serious and expensive. If you call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999, you will receive a free consultation to review your case and determine how much money you could recover for your injuries. Shane Smith is an experienced personal injury attorney who has dealt with pedestrian accident lawsuits, and he will help make sure you get the settlement you deserve.