Many pedestrian accidents in Norcross and throughout Georgia involve children. This is often because motorists have a harder time seeing children due to their small size. Unfortunately, many child pedestrian accidents occur near schools where drivers should be the most aware of children.
Caution: School Is Not Out Yet!
Drivers need to continue to watch out for children near schools in order to avoid a Norcross pedestrian accident. Not only should drivers be on the lookout for students, but motorists should be aware of adult crossing guards and parents walking their children to school. Sadly, crossing guards—the very people who try to protect children from drivers—have been injured in Georgia pedestrian accidents.
Adult crossing guards play an important role in the lives of children who walk to school, as they help control traffic so that students can cross the street safely. They typically sit on a corner waiting for children to gather. The guards then use handheld stop signs to remind drivers to stop and allow children to cross the street safely. When drivers are observant and stop in time, everyone stays safe.
Contributing Factors for School Zone Pedestrian Accidents
Not every driver pays close attention to the road. Sadly, many drivers have injured children or crossing guards due to the following reasons:
- Driving intoxicated
- Driving without their glasses, with poor vision
- Driving into the sun with a dirty windshield
- Driving while texting
- Participating in other distracted driving behaviors
Sometimes drivers aren’t the only parties liable for Georgia pedestrian accidents. Other things like unsafe street conditions or construction interfering with safe crossing can also contribute to a pedestrian accident near schools. When a school pedestrian accident occurs, there may be many possible reasons and potential parties that could be liable, such as:
- Cities for unsafe streets
- Construction crews for interfering with safe crossings
- Negligent drivers not paying attention
If you or your child was injured in a pedestrian accident in Gwinnett County, please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 to speak with a Norcross pedestrian accident attorney in a free legal consultation today to learn more. Also, be sure to request a free copy of our book 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Car Wreck Case.