Protecting The Rights Of Pedestrians When Drivers Fail To Yield
Pedestrians face the highest risk of injury of anyone on the road. Even at low speeds, the actions of an inattentive driver can leave someone who was walking with broken bones, a head injury or worse. Hundreds of people are killed or injured each year after being hit by a car.
At Neville & Cunat, LLP, we believe “I didn’t see you” is not a valid excuse in pedestrian accidents. Everyone on the road has a duty to behave reasonably, including watching for pedestrians. Even if the driver who hit you leaves the scene and you cannot find them, you have options available to recover. By working with an experienced personal injury lawyer, you stand a better chance of being made whole.
Who Has The Right Of Way?
Drivers in Georgia are required to stop when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk on their side of the road, or approaching their side of the road.
Pedestrians are prohibited by state law from abruptly stepping off the curb or another place of safety into the path of a vehicle that does not have enough time to stop for them. For the most part, pedestrians can cross the street anywhere as long as they yield to traffic. But, if pedestrians are crossing a road with traffic lights on both sides, it is illegal for them to cross the road anywhere other than the crosswalk.
Learn How We Can Help
If you have been hit in a crosswalk or by a vehicle that did not properly give you the right of way, we can help you recover. A successful case can provide compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to your injury. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our offices in Cumming at 678-807-6511 or send a request online.