Understanding The Rights and Duties of Pedestrians In Atlanta
Fast Help’s network of affiliate Atlanta personal injury attorneys have experience managing a number of cases involving clients who were injured while crossing a road.
Despite what you may think or have heard injured pedestrians may be entitled to compensation even if the person injured is not traveling through the crosswalk at the time of the incident.
Georgia Law and Crosswalk Accidents
The rights and duties of pedestrians in the State of Georiga are stated as:
(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway unless he has already, and under safe conditions, entered the roadway.
(b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway if he uses the roadway instead of such tunnel or crossing.
(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
(d) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices. When authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
Filing A Personal Injury Claim For Crosswalk Accidents
Although all pedestrians should try to cross any road using a crosswalk, there are legitimate reasons why you may not be able to, especially in cases where there is no crosswalk nearby.
While traveling through a crosswalk, it’s important to keep in mind that the pedestrian is responsible for yielding to oncoming traffic when a vehicle is already positioned within the intersection or close by. The exception to this rule is if the pedestrian has already started to cross the road, in which it is the obligation of the vehicle’s driver to yield.
Georgia’s laws around pedestrian rights are clear when it comes to pronouncing who has the right of way. If the pedestrian has already entered the crosswalk, it is the vehicle’s responsibility to adhere to the person crossing the street.
Too often individual ego plays a role in crosswalk accidents, where the pedestrian feels entitled to cross the street, or the driver tries to intimidate the pedestrian by speeding up. Feelings of anger or frustration should be identified and dismissed as soon as possible since the legal and medical consequences associated with crosswalk accidents far exceeds everything else.
Contact Fast Help After A Crosswalk Accident
If you are involved in a crosswalk accident, call (404) 592-0318 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney or doctor about your situation. Fast Help’s network of affiliate attorneys and physicians can explain which options are available to you, as well as help you decide what’s best for your future.
With free consultations and contingency agreements in place to ensure that you only pay if you win your case, there is no reason not to call. Learn why Fast Help is the premier Atlanta accident helpline – contact us today.