Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
If you live in the Atlanta metro area, you know that many of our streets are unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists. Our roads are typically designed to accommodate as many cars and trucks as possible. Even the most cautious pedestrians are no match for a wayward vehicle.
Pedestrian deaths are on the rise these days as Atlantans are, once again, purchasing far more sport utility vehicles than compact and sedan vehicles. Compact and sedan vehicles ride relatively low to the ground; therefore, when those vehicles hit pedestrians, they might break a pedestrian’s leg, but they won’t typically kill a pedestrian. Sport utility vehicles, by contrast, ride much higher off of the pavement. As a result, if a sport utility vehicle collides with a pedestrian, it will typically injure the pedestrian’s chest which can quickly lead to heart and lung failure.
If you’ve been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you should contact an Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney. More likely than not, the at fault driver’s insurance carrier will try to blame you. The attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC won’t let the insurance carrier add insults to your injuries. We have recovered millions of dollars for pedestrian accident victims and their families.
Top 5 Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents
- Drivers are driving distracted more than ever before. Some are texting. Others are checking e-mail. Some are even taking selfie photos while they drive! As a result, drivers frequently run red lights and disregard pedestrian cross walks. A good rule of thumb if you’re a pedestrian is to try and make eye contact with the driver of an approaching vehicle before you cross the sidewalk. Even though you have the right of way at a sidewalk, you should take every precaution to avoid being injured by a careless driver.
- Drivers are intoxicated. Many pedestrian accidents occur at night. You might have just emerged from a club or restaurant and need to cross the street to catch an Uber. If so, make sure you use the sidewalk and don’t jaywalk across the road. Drunk drivers frequently barrel down the road in the evening. Their vision is also impaired, so they might not see you. If you use a crosswalk at an intersection, there is a greater likelihood that the drunk driver will slow down due to the traffic light.
- Drivers turn left across a pedestrian sidewalk without checking it. Drivers that turn left are more likely to injure pedestrians than drivers that turn right. When a driver turns right, the pedestrian crossing is immediately to his right. When a driver turns left, the pedestrian crossing is on the opposite side of the road, usually multiple lanes away. Therefore, many drivers proceed with the left hand turn without checking the pedestrian crosswalk, which is a recipe for disaster.
- Roads don’t have crosswalks. Sometimes, roads don’t have crosswalks where they should. As a result, pedestrians are left to cross the street at their own risk. Even if you were injured crossing the road where there wasn’t a crosswalk, a vehicle driver still must use reasonable care to avoid hitting you. In other words, even if you’re partially at fault, you can still usually recover compensation for your injuries in Georgia.
- Quiet Cars. Nowadays, there are many electric vehicles on the road. Electric vehicles run on batteries instead of a combustion engine. As a result, they’re much quieter than traditional gas powered vehicles. When vehicles are quieter, pedestrians have difficulty anticipating them. If you’re driving, make sure that you keep your head lamps on at all hours of the day so that you’re visible to pedestrians even if they can’t hear you approaching.
An Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help
Pedestrian injuries are almost always very serious. Unfortunately, the insurance company usually tries to offer lowball settlements to pedestrian accident victims by arguing that the pedestrian was at fault for causing the collision.
Many times, there is no witness that observed the collision. In other cases, the at fault driver fled the scene of the collision. If that happened in your case, you might wonder how you’ll ever be able to convince the insurance company that you weren’t at fault.
The legal team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC will thoroughly investigate your case to determine how you can prove that you were not at fault. Perhaps, there is surveillance footage that shows the at fault driver speeding down the road and not even applying his brakes before he hit you. There might be an eyewitness that the police officer overlooked. If you were hit while walking across a sidewalk, you are presumed to have the right of way. Any one of those pieces of evidence should change the insurance adjuster’s mind. If not, we will gladly take your case to trial.