Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

People crossing the street in a crosswalkDeKalb County officials have recently announced a campaign to make DeKalb County safer for pedestrians. According to state officials, there were almost 2,500 pedestrian injuries and 125 fatalities from 2014 to 2018 in DeKalb County, making it the second most dangerous county in the state of Georgia for pedestrians. The campaign is focused on identifying potential hazards and find solutions to address them. 

Slappey & Sadd works with injured pedestrians in DeKalb County and across the state of Georgia to help them get the compensation they deserve. Founded in 1992, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience you need for a successful claim. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, give us a call at 888-474-9616 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our pedestrian accident attorneys today. 

Dangerous Roads Identified in DeKalb County

Children getting on a school busBelieve it or not, it’s that time of year when kids return to school. This means more traffic during rush hour and school buses traveling our roads. While it can be an exciting time of year, it’s important to recognize the potential dangers. 

The personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have been helping accident victims in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia since 1992. No matter what kind of accident you’ve been in, we have the experience and knowledge to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you’d like to discuss your case with one of our personal injury attorneys, call us at 404-255-6677 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.  

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

An empty city crosswalkGeorgia pedestrian accidents can occur in a variety of different locations, from parking lots and parking garages to sidewalks and crosswalks. In many instances, these accidents occur because a motor vehicle driver operates a vehicle in a careless or reckless manner, striking the pedestrian and causing him or her to fall and suffer injures.

Since pedestrians do not have an outer shell or covering around them, upon impact, they are likely to strike the ground violently and can suffer broken bones, traumatic head injuries, soft tissue injuries, and spinal cord injuries.

Fortunately, if you or a loved one has suffered any of these injuries in an accident, you might be eligible to recover damages. At Slappey & Sadd, our skilled legal team has been representing victims of pedestrian accidents throughout the State of Georgia for many years. Our lawyers regularly handle pedestrian accident cases in Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, Newton County, Richmond County, Troup County, Walton County, and Whitfield County.

Many A man with a suit hold a piece of paper that says "lawsuit"people think of personal injury attorneys purely in terms of car accident cases. The truth is that a personal injury attorney can help you in any situation where you have been injured through someone else’s fault. Serious injuries can have life-altering consequences. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you protect your future by seeking fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.

Unintentional Torts: Cases Involving Negligence

Personal injury attorneys handle tort cases – cases that involve an action or failure to act that resulted in harm to another person. Tort cases are civil cases, which means that the plaintiff is seeking a money judgment in order to receive compensation for their losses and injuries.

A silhouette on a man bending over holding his back.It’s quite common to hurt your back in an accident. Unfortunately, unless they experience a back injury that requires hospitalization, too many people ignore their back injury and assume that it will get better over time. They subsequently discover, often too late, that their injury is more serious than they thought and will require extensive medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.

Common Causes of Back Injuries

Back injuries can be caused in many different ways and sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect. We’ve helped thousands of clients recover compensation from back injuries caused by the following accidents:

A doctor holding a chartAccidents happen every day. Thankfully, most of them are minor, but many can result in life-changing injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a legal claim against them in order to receive compensation for your injuries. However, there are first five things you need to do in order to protect your rights.

Seek Medical Treatment

Your health is your most important asset. If you didn’t see a doctor right after the accident and are in pain, go get checked out. It’s not uncommon for some injuries to manifest themselves days or even weeks after an accident. Your symptoms could signal a more serious injury, and you’ll need medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.  

An illustration of an electric scooterFirst, there was Uber and Lyft. Then there was Relay Bike Share. You may have recently noticed a new development in the sharing economy, devised as a way to reduce urban congestion: racks of electric scooters available for rent by pedestrians. Popping up across the country, these services offer what appears to be a fun, affordable, and green alternative to driving. Lime and Bird are just two of the companies renting scooters and vying for customers in Atlanta. As the industry appears to be aggressively expanding, we should take time to consider some of the potential hazards that these vehicles present.

A Fun and Easy Way to Get Around the City

Renting an electric scooter is surprisingly easy. Using an app on your phone, you can locate the nearest station to unlock and rent your scooter. When you’re finished, you return to any station you like. You lock up the scooter, snap a photo, and end your ride through the app, which also handles payment. No coins or cash is required, and you use it as much or as little as you like. You pay as little as $1, at a rate of 15 cents per minute.

In a study released earlier this year, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association reported that Georgia ranked 16th in the nation in the number of pedestrian traffic fatalities. While every other type of traffic fatality decreased, pedestrian fatalities increased by 27% from 2007 to 2016. These are alarming statistics that underscore the importance of increasing our efforts to make sure our roadways are safe for everyone, not just motorists. However, these numbers also serve as a sobering reminder of the risks you face every time you go out for a walk. And of course, these risks include very serious injury and even death.

You May Be Entitled to Compensation

If you or a family member were injured in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, in order to receive compensation, you need to prove that the driver owed you a duty – namely to drive in a manner so as not to cause you injury. You then have to prove that the driver breached that duty, typically by driving negligently. Finally, you have to prove that the driver’s breach of his duty to you caused the accident and thereby caused your injury.  

As more and more people move back into central cities from the suburbs, walking and biking have become much more popular means of getting around. Walking has several benefits over driving; it’s healthier for you, better for the environment, and much less stressful than dealing with traffic jams and road rage. While walking is generally a much safer way to get around than driving (which is by far the most dangerous activity regular people engage in), it’s not completely risk-free. Walking can be especially risky in many urbanizing neighborhoods in the Atlanta area because there are more people walking around, but the pedestrian infrastructure has not quite caught up to the demand. In fact, a 2014 study in the report “Dangerous by Design” placed the Atlanta metropolitan area at number eight on its list of the 10 most dangerous cities for pedestrians.

Below, we’ll take a look at pedestrian accident statistics and go over a few ways that you can protect yourself from being the victim of one.

Pedestrian Accidents in the US

You’ve probably heard the very old, very common saying: “Pedestrians have the right of way.” While it’s a good idea to always give pedestrians a little more leeway than you would ordinarily give to vehicles, it is not true that pedestrians always have the right of way. Laws regarding pedestrian right of way vary by state, but below, we will take a look at how the law works in Georgia.

When Pedestrians Have the Right of Way

  • Crosswalks: Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks. In Georgia, drivers are required to come to a full stop (not just yield) when a pedestrian is within a crosswalk that is on the half of the roadway upon which the car is driving, or when the pedestrian is approaching and is within one lane of the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or turning onto. “Half of the roadway” in this case means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel. So if you are driving on a road that has five lanes (two going in each direction with a turn lane between them), and a pedestrian enters from the far side of the road walking across your path, you must stop as soon as they enter the turn lane–this is the lane that is within one lane of the half of the roadway on which you are driving.