The attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have a track record of success in handling pedestrian-accident personal injury cases and other personal injury cases. In cases that result in wrongful death or severe injuries that can permanently impact quality of life, income, or long-term health, you need experienced legal representation. At Slappey & Sadd, LLC we are careful in choosing which cases to pursue so that we can focus on helping the people who have suffered the most serious harm caused by clear cases of negligence. We commit the full financial, legal, and emotional resources of our firm to the clients of those cases we pursue.
If a negligent driver injured you in a pedestrian accident, will work to achieve just compensation for your damages.How Common are Pedestrian Accidents?
Although automobile accidents are much more common than pedestrian accidents in Atlanta, pedestrian accidents can and do happen and the results can be devastating. Only 11% of transport is pedestrian transport, yet pedestrians are involved in 13% of vehicle-related fatalities. Each year, more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed in collisions with automobiles and another 70,000 are injured.What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 73% of pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas, which is to be expected since foot travel is more common in more densely populated areas. Thus, pedestrians in urban environments are at increased risk of being involved in an accident, but there are several other factors that cause a risk for pedestrians:
- Distraction: Distracted driving is a well-known issue, but distracted pedestrians can also cause accidents. Most of this pedestrian distraction results from staring into mobile devices — which can keep pedestrians’ attention off of the street long enough to cause them to step into moving traffic.
- Poorly timed crossing signals: Crosswalk times are set for the average pedestrian, meaning that slower walkers — like the elderly or large groups of pedestrians — are at greater risk of being caught in the right-of-way when lights change.
- Street repair and construction: Construction of sidewalks, streets, and buildings can create temporarily unsafe environments for pedestrians, and the detour routes can be long and crowded, which can prompt pedestrians to take shorter (and often more dangerous) routes.
- Lack of sidewalks: If there is no sidewalk, pedestrians are forced to walk in the vehicle right-of-way, which greatly increases their risk of being hit. This is typically more of a problem in rural rather than urban areas.
If you were hit by a driver while you were walking, it is likely that you have suffered extensive injuries and accumulated significant medical expenses. If the driver who hit you was negligent in doing so, that driver is liable to you for the full extent of your injuries. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd will represent your interests and will work diligently to see that you recover the full damages you are entitled to.
If you were hit by a driver while you were walking, you may have a claim against that driver – depending on the circumstances. Contact the attorneys at Slappey & Sadd for a free consultation to discuss your case by calling 404.255.6677. We serve the entire state of Georgia, including Richmond County, Troup County, and Whitfield County.