Northwest Georgia Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian Accidents in Georgia
No matter how you prefer to travel, you will inevitably be a pedestrian at some point in your life. Most people spend at least part of every day as a pedestrian. Sadly, pedestrian fatalities are increasing nationwide. In 2018, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes went up by 3%, making it the most dangerous year since 1990.
Although you can take certain steps to avoid pedestrian accidents, far too many of them are caused by the negligence of motor vehicle drivers. When you are injured in an accident that is not your fault, Pritchard Injury Firm is here to help.
Our compassionate legal team can guide you through the claims process and help you pursue the resources you need to recover.
Call us at (470) 577-8152 today to get started with a free consultation.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents
Nearly half (47%) of pedestrian fatalities involve alcohol, and children and the elderly are most at risk. While it is unwise to walk under the influence, it is not illegal, so drivers should pay extra attention in urban centers, especially when bars close – and they should never drive under the influence themselves (driving under the influence is illegal). Drivers should also take extra care when older people are crossing the road, as well as in school zones or areas where children walk or play. Careless or negligent drivers can cause accidents.
In fact, the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Driver inattention (distracted driving)
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield
- Crosswalk accidents
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Improper turns and U-turns
- Backing up without checking surroundings
- Pulling into driveways
- And more
If you are injured in any of these situations, our Northwest Georgia pedestrian accident attorney can help.
How to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
As a pedestrian, you can help prevent accidents by making an extra effort to stay safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends:
- Being predictable when walking and crossing
- Following the rules of the road
- Obeying signs and signals
- Walking on sidewalks whenever they are available
- Facing traffic and walking as far to the right as possible when sidewalks are not available
- Staying alert and avoiding distractions (such as cell phones and headphones)
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol while walking
- Crossing at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible
- Crossing at well-lit areas with a good view of traffic when crosswalks are unavailable
- Waiting for a gap in traffic that allows you to cross safely
- Looking for cars in all directions
- Keeping an eye out for cars that may be turning, backing up, or entering/exiting driveways
- Making eye contact with drivers
- Never assuming that drivers can see you
- Wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective materials at night
- Carrying a flashlight when walking at night
If you take all these steps, you may be able to avoid the majority of accidents. Nevertheless, you cannot control the behavior of others. If you are harmed by someone else’s negligence, there are a few steps you need to take – including contacting an attorney!
Contact Pritchard Injury Firm Today
You are going through a difficult time, and our legal team understands. You need compassionate legal assistance after a pedestrian accident, and we are here to provide it. Attorney Zach Pritchard puts himself in your shoes, so he can give you the advice you need and pursue the best possible case results on your behalf.
If you are looking for local, homegrown, and compassionate representation, look no further than Pritchard Injury Firm.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
In 2018, a total of 6,283 pedestrians lost their lives to traffic accidents. Even those that survive their crashes, however, are often left with serious or lifelong injuries.
Some of the most common injuries we see at Pritchard Injury Firm include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Emotional trauma
- Soft tissue injuries (strains and sprains)
- And more
Although you may be able to recover from road rash and some broken bones, other injuries may have a permanent impact on your life and livelihood or end your life entirely.
Steps to Take After an Accident
After an accident, be sure to prioritize your health. If you are seriously hurt, dial 911 and accept transportation from emergency responders. Even if you feel fine, you should seek medical attention, as providers may be able to find injuries you may not notice right away.
Pedestrian accidents are emergencies, so you should also contact the authorities even if no one seems seriously hurt. While you wait for first responders to arrive, you can take photos of the accident, your surroundings, the vehicle that hit you, and any seemingly minor injuries you may have.
Once you leave the scene, try to keep track of any documentation related to your accident. Before contacting the at-fault driver’s insurance company, consider getting in touch with a lawyer. Insurers do not always have your best interest at heart, but our law firm does.