Was Someone In Your Family Struck By A Car?
Pedestrian-vehicle accidents can occur in a variety of settings: from rural to urban areas and everywhere in between. In Georgia, cars, trucks and bicycles are considered vehicles. It is estimated that around 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year in the U.S. after being struck by moving vehicles.
And, though cars and trucks account for over 75% of fatalities, cyclists colliding with pedestrians account for a considerable number of deaths as well.
Most commonly, pedestrian accidents occur when a pedestrian is attempting to cross a road. However, accidents also happen when cars leave the roads and strike pedestrians on sidewalks who believed they were safe.
Depending on the speed and size of the vehicle involved, injuries can vary in severity. The most commonly injured body parts are the head and legs. If a pedestrian is struck on the legs and falls, they can also suffer head injuries when their head hits the pavement.
Who Is At Fault In A Pedestrian Accident?
Responsibility lies with both parties involved. This is called “duty of care” and refers to the responsibility of everyone involved – drivers and pedestrians alike – to exercise caution and not act negligently.
Acts of driver negligence that can contribute to pedestrian-vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to use turn signals
- Driving under the influence
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failure to stop or yield at crosswalks
Similarly, pedestrians are expected to be cautious when crossing the street to avoid putting themselves or drivers at risk. It is still important to remember that pedestrians always have the right of way at crosswalks.
What To Do If You’re Involved In This Type Of Accident
Whether you were driving or walking, there are a few things you need to remember after being involved in a pedestrian-vehicle accident.
- Call the police.
- Get medical help right away (if necessary).
- Stay at the scene until help arrives.
- Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- Do not make any statements to anyone, including insurance representatives and other drivers.
Contact The Pedestrian Accident Lawyers At Ashenden & Associates, P.C., In Atlanta
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, do not hesitate to seek the legal support you need and deserve. The skilled personal injury lawyers at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., are here to help you get just compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.