A pedestrian struck by 4,000-pound, moving motor vehicle is likely to suffer serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, call Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC in Atlanta or Suwanee right away. Our experienced Gwinnett County pedestrian accident lawyers can review and evaluate your case and advise you on how to move forward in seeking justice and full compensation.
Why Choose Our Firm?
- Our Gwinnett County pedestrian accident attorneys have comprehensive experience in a wide range of personal injury matters, along with staff certified in medical billing, coding, counseling, and assistance.
- We have a proven track record of successful results. Our lawyers have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
- We are not intimidated by large corporations and will not hesitate to go to trial, if necessary, in pursuit of full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Data
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the most recent year for which statistics are available.
- On average, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in the U.S.
- As stated by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. has grown significantly faster than all other traffic deaths.
- Pedestrian deaths increased by 27% in a recent nine-year period, while all other traffic fatalities decreased by 14%.
- Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 16% of all traffic deaths in a recent year.
- 15 states in the U.S., including Georgia, now have pedestrian fatality rates of two per 100,000 population or greater.
- Georgia’s pedestrian fatality rate, as reported by GHSA, was 2.25 per 100,000 population.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers have a duty to obey traffic laws and exercise reasonable care to help protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists from harm. When they breach that duty, serious pedestrian accidents can occur. Negligent drivers cause pedestrian accidents in several different ways, including:
- Distracted driving: Drivers who are texting, talking on a cell phone, conversing with passengers, or eating and drinking while driving, do not have their full attention on the road and may not notice a pedestrian before it is too late.
- Speeding: The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more distance is required to stop and the greater the impact in a collision. Pedestrians hit by speeding vehicles may suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
- Driving under the influence: A person that is drinking and driving or under the influence of drugs has impaired reasoning, reaction time, and general driving skills. He or she can easily fail to notice a pedestrian or fail to react quickly enough to avoid a crash.
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals or yield the right-of-way to pedestrians: Drivers who run red lights, roll through stop signs at intersections, and fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks can cause devastating pedestrian accidents.
- Left-hand turns: Even when they have the right-of-way and are using a crosswalk, pedestrians run the risk of being hit by drivers executing left-hand turns who have their attention on oncoming traffic and navigating the intersection.
- Back-up accidents: Drivers backing up may not see or notice a pedestrian behind the vehicle. Pedestrians are at risk of being hit in parking lots and walking past driveways.
Contact a Gwinnett County pedestrian accident lawyer to hold a negligent driver accountable for your injuries.
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Our attorneys at Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC have received the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 award for their skills, experience, and results. Contact us today for dedicated legal representation if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Suwanee, Atlanta, Peachtree Corners, Lawrenceville, or anywhere in the Gwinnett County area.