Georgia has one of the highest pedestrian accident fatality rates in the country. According to NHTSA, Georgia is 11th overall in the United States, with 2.22 pedestrian accident fatalities per 100,000 residents. The rate of pedestrian fatalities is increasing in Georgia, as it is everywhere. Drivers are far more reckless and seem to care less about others’ safety, especially since the start of the pandemic. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, you will need the financial compensation that you are entitled to when the accident was someone else’s fault.
Insurance companies know that they need to scramble because they may be legally obligated to make a very large payment in light of the serious injuries that you have suffered. They may do anything possible to escape responsibility. Protecting your legal rights is crucial, and an experienced lawyer is the only person who can provide that protection. Otherwise, the insurance company will have their way with you, and your family will get the short end of the stick.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents occur most often at crosswalks and intersections when motorists fail to yield the right-of-way when they are legally required to do so. Drivers may be distracted, or they may just not take the extra time necessary to ensure your safety. Here are some common reasons why drivers strike pedestrians:
- They are distracted because they are looking down at their cell phone.
- They are speeding and do not see the crosswalk or stop sign.
- They run a red light because they think that they can make it through.
- They break the law because they are in a hurry.