Pedestrians and drivers often share the roadway, and it doesn’t always work out well for the pedestrian. According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration statistics, over 4,000 people die every year as a result of a pedestrian accident. Even though pedestrians are the victims in these accidents, they are not always in the right legally. Georgia has very specific laws about pedestrians and drivers, and here are some responsibilities that pedestrians have.
- Pedestrians must exercise care not to make sudden movements or try to run in front of a car that does not have sufficient time to stop.
- Pedestrians are required to use the sidewalk whenever there is one available. If there is no sidewalk the pedestrian should walk facing traffic on the shoulder of the road.
- Pedestrians always have the right of way in a marked crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, pedestrians must yield to cars unless they are already in the roadway.
If you or someone you love has been in a pedestrian accident in Georgia, contact Michael W. McElroy, for a free legal consultation.