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Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Attorney

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), about 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year in accidents involving motor vehicles. Another 78,000 pedestrians are injured in similar accidents. Thousands more pedestrians are also injured in non-automobile accidents such as trips and falls caused by poor property maintenance, sidewalk defects, and construction flaws.

At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C., our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers proudly represent injured pedestrians throughout the state of Georgia. We fight relentlessly to ensure our clients are given the attention that they deserve and are prepared to do everything within our power to help you in your pursuit of compensation.

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Our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers are here to help. Don't hesitate to contact a member of our team online or by phone at (404) 800-6356 for a free consultation.

Proving Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident

To recover damages for an accident that was caused by a property defect or motor vehicle collision, the victim must prove negligence (the defendant's failure to meet a standard of care, thus resulting in the accident). A lawyer at our office can review your case to prove the following when you make a claim:

  • The defendant owed a legal duty to you as the pedestrian
  • The defendant failed to fulfill the duty owed to you
  • The defendant's failure caused the pedestrian accident
  • The defendant's failure caused injury or harm to you

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Examples of acts of driver negligence that can lead to pedestrian accidents include:

  • Failure to signal while turning
  • Failure to obey traffic signs and / or signals
  • Driving inattentively and / or while distracted
  • Failure to observe and adhere to posted speed limits
  • Failure to adapt driving behavior to weather and / or traffic conditions
  • Failure to yield the right of way to the pedestrian at a marked crosswalk

You may have several options for making a claim for compensation. You might take action against the negligent driver or drivers. Other circumstances may have contributed to the accident as well. Perhaps the driver was forced to make a hasty maneuver to avoid trouble because there was construction or some other defect in the road. Or, the traffic lights were malfunctioning or burned out, causing a hazard to all drivers.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Georgia

Your actions immediately after being involved in a pedestrian can be critical to not only your health, but also any personal injury claim or lawsuit you may file. While you may be feeling shaken up, it is important to be prepared and follow these steps closely.

We always advise the following immediately following an accident:

  • Call for emergency medical help if anyone has suffered injuries
  • Alert the police to the incident to obtain a report
  • Get the names and identifying information of the drivers involved
  • Gather witnesses and take down their names and information
  • Notify the insurance companies that an accident has occurred
  • Consult with an Atlanta injury attorney about your legal options

Duties of Drivers & Pedestrians in Georgia

The laws regarding pedestrians are contained in a variety of statutes, but the main statutes are O.C.G.A. sections 40-6-21, 40-6-91, 40-6-92, and 40-6-93. In evaluating the law regarding pedestrian accidents it is important to understand that both the pedestrian and the driver have a duty to follow the law. The following are a general list of duties regarding both a pedestrian and a driver. The most important thing to remember is to use your common sense. If walking at night, pedestrians should have a flashlight or wear reflective gear. Drivers need to be especially vigilant if an elderly person or child is in the area.

Drivers Duties

  • You must stop for a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, when that pedestrian is anywhere on your side of the road (regardless of whether he or she is in your lane)
  • It is illegal for a driver to pass another vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Before turning left or right on a green light, you must look and stop for pedestrians crossing on the adjacent roadway. The pedestrians have the right of way.
  • When turning left or right you must stay stopped until the pedestrian has finished crossing the side of the road onto which you are turning. Thus, you have to wait until they have reached the sidewalk or crossed into the other direction of travel (not just the other lane).
  • Regardless of whether a pedestrian is in a crosswalk or is in violation of any other laws, a driver has a duty to exercise due care to avoid any person on the roadway.
  • Drivers are expected to take proper precautions when encountering any child, elderly person, confused individual, or obviously intoxicated person in the roadway.

Pedestrian Duties

  • A pedestrian should not dart out, or suddenly leave the curb area such that a driver does not have the time yield.
  • A pedestrian should use the sidewalk when available. If no sidewalk available a pedestrian shall walk facing traffic as far as practical on the shoulder of the roadway and outside of the fogline.
  • Pedestrians in a marked crosswalk have the right of way. If crossing the street at a place other than a crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield to vehicles unless they previously, under safe conditions, entered the roadway.

After an Accident, Call Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C.!

If you wish to take legal action for the pain and suffering that were caused to you in a preventable pedestrian accident, then do not hesitate to contact an Atlanta injury attorney at our office. With the help of a legal team with more than a decade of experience, you can confidently move forward with your claim or lawsuit. We are committed to helping our clients obtain the maximum amount of compensation due to them, and we are prepared to do the same for you.

You can contact our office online or at (404) 800-6356 today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.

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