Pedestrian-vehicle accidents can occur in a variety of settings: rural, urban, and everywhere in between. In the state of 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 a moving vehicle.
And though cars and trucks account for over 75 percent of fatalities, cyclists colliding with pedestrians accounts for a considerable number of deaths as well.
Most commonly, pedestrian accidents occur when a pedestrian is attempting to cross a road. However, accidents happen when a car leaves the roadway and strikes pedestrians who believe they are safe walking on the sidewalk.
Depending on the speed and the size of the vehicle involved, injuries can vary in severity. The most common injuries are the head and legs. Pedestrians are struck on the legs, and – if they fall – they 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.
Driver negligence that can contribute to pedestrian-vehicle accidents includes:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to use turn signals
- Driving under the influence
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failing 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 the car 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 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.
Call our attorneys at (770) 394-8909 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation in our Atlanta office.