Pedestrian accidents involve a person on foot and a motor vehicle or bicycle. Under Georgia law, a pedestrian includes anyone who is “on foot.” Pedestrians often have the right of way over vehicles, meaning that drivers should be attentive and aware of pedestrians on the road.
Injuries from pedestrian accidents can be catastrophic, life-changing, or fatal. The average individual doesn’t have the protection or safety features of most vehicles and is likely to suffer greater injury as a result.
According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia averaged over 245 pedestrian fatalities per year between 2016-2019. While pedestrian accidents are less common than motor vehicle accidents, the consequences of these accidents are often much more severe than that of a motor vehicle accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
- Distracted Driving: If a driver is distracted by their cell phone, eating, adjusting the radio, etc., they are less likely to notice a person walking or crossing the street. Distracted driving may prevent a driver from seeing important warnings, such as crosswalks or pedestrian signals, which can lead to an accident occurring.
- Impaired Driving: When a driver is impaired by either drugs or alcohol, their reflexes and judgment will be dulled. This can be especially dangerous for pedestrians, as impaired drivers often travel at higher speeds, and demonstrate a severe lack of attention to their surroundings.
- Driver Error: Failing to yield to pedestrians or failing to heed proper attention to a crosswalk or other signals is the cause of many pedestrian accidents. They may also happen because of a vehicle that hasn’t been properly maintained. For example, worn tires or bad breaks may cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle thereby causing an accident.
Types of Injuries Seen in Pedestrian Accidents
- Traumatic Injuries: A traumatic injury is an injury that is potentially life-threatening and requires immediate emergency medical attention. These injuries are common to pedestrian accidents, even when collisions occur at lower speeds.
- Serious Injuries: Serious injuries are those that require medical attention, such as cuts, bruises, and broken bones.
- Permanent Injuries: A permanent injury has long-lasting or permanently disabling or debilitating effects.
- Fatal Injuries: Due to the mass and speed of a vehicle impacting a person, a fatal injury is possible.
Georgia Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits
At times, it may be possible to pursue a case against a driver who has struck a pedestrian. An experienced attorney will investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine if a claim can be made. If a case is in order, the plaintiff, or injured person, will demand damages, or financial compensation, from the at-fault driver to compensate the injured person for the loss or harm done to them.
Damages Commonly Seen in Pedestrian Accident Claims
- Medical Costs: One of the most common sources of damages is a demand for the repayment of medical costs. Pedestrian injuries often result in a multitude of injuries, which can result in exorbitant medical bills. Demands for medical costs can be made in both wrongful death and personal injury claims.
- Funeral Costs: When a person loses their life in an accident, their family will not only be burdened with grief, but also with the heavy costs of their loved one’s funeral. In a wrongful death case, one of the common claims is the repayment of a loved one’s funeral costs.
- Loss of Income: If a person is injured in a pedestrian accident, they may be left out of work for the time it takes them to recover. A person may demand payment for income lost during their time spent out of work. A family member whose loved one died as a result of the accident may demand repayment for the loss of their loved one’s income, especially if their loved one was supporting the household.
- Non-economic Damages: Non-economic damages are considered those that cannot be measured in terms of finances, or strictly numerically. This can include damages that serve as compensation for pain and suffering, or loss of companionship, as well as a person’s value of their own life.
Macon Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our personal injury attorneys will be able to pursue your claim. Contact us for a free consultation on your case today.