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Failure to yield can cause pedestrian-car accidents in Georgia

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2018 | Car Accidents, Firm News

People who are simply minding their own business in Georgia can be impacted in rapid fashion by car accidents. These are made worse when the person in the crash was a pedestrian. Compounding the incident is if the negligent driver is someone who should know better such as a law enforcement officer. It is an unfortunate reality that drivers will frequently forget the basic rules of the road and violate the law. This can cause an accident. A pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle can suffer serious injuries and even death. A legal filing is one of the only strategies to receive adequate compensation for all that was lost.

A woman, 54, was walking to work and was crossing the street when she was hit by a turning vehicle. Ironically, the driver of the vehicle was a police officer in his cruiser. The accident occurred at around 6:30 a.m. The woman was in the crosswalk at the time. The deputy chief of the department openly stated that the officer was at fault because of a pedestrian’s right of way when crossing. Although that location is not a marked crosswalk, the pedestrian has the right to cross. The officer had a green light. Since there was no arrow signal to turn, the driver is obligated to yield. The officer did not. He treated the woman at the scene. She was taken to the hospital and her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Being hit by a car can have a wide-ranging effect on a person’s life. Not only might there be medical expenses, lost time on the job and the inability to take part in family activities, but it will harm a person emotionally as well. It can be difficult to quantify how severe an accident is in its immediate aftermath. As time passes and the totality of what was lost comes clear, any offer of a settlement made by an insurance company can seem woefully inadequate. For people who have been injured as a pedestrian when hit by a motor vehicle, it is imperative to get medical help and to get legal help too.

A woman was simply heading to work when a law enforcement vehicle did not yield and crashed into her. Despite the belief that her injuries are not life-threatening, that does not mean she will not face challenges in the future. A legal filing can help to financially compensate her for all she lost. A law firm that specializes in car accidents can provide guidance in pursuing a case.