Pedestrian Accidents In Milledgeville
Many pedestrian accidents involving negligent motorists occur in college towns like those that happen in Milledgeville, Georgia. It is normal to see a lot of college kids walking, riding bicycles and entering and exiting buses on or around college campuses. Other college cities around Georgia such as Athens, Carrollton, Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Macon, Valdosta and Statesboro have similar pedestrian traffic safety problems. The State of Georgia has enacted laws regarding the duties of and safety of pedestrians traveling on or near the roadways which the experienced personal injury attorney can look to for some basic rules and guidance when evaluating liability issues associated with a pedestrian accident.
In addition to applying Georgia statutory law, there are also some basic common sense principals that juries consider when deciding liability in a pedestrian injury claim. For instance, a motorist must anticipate the presence of pedestrians lawfully using the highways and streets, and they owe to a pedestrian, the duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid injuring him or her. The term “ordinary care”, as applied to the conduct of a motorist driving along the streets of a college town like Milledgeville in a lawsuit brought against him by a pedestrian for injuries sustained, is such care as persons of ordinary prudence exercise in driving in the streets of a city for the protection of people walking or moving about in the streets. At the law offices of Falanga and Chalker we apply the same statutory and common sense principals when evaluating your pedestrian personal injury or wrongful death claims. In fact, many of the personal injury or wrongful death claims that are handled out of our Greensboro, Georgia branch office are accidents that have occurred in the neighboring city of Milledgeville. Let us evaluate and apply these principals to your personal injury or wrongful death claim by filling out the “Contact Us” form on this web site.
The driver of a vehicle who is approaching a bus which has stopped to allow passengers to get off the bus is bound to take notice of that fact and have his vehicle under control, which duty does not arise from statutes prescribing the rule of the road, but from the duty to use care under all circumstances. The failure of a driver of a vehicle to use due care, which causes injury to a pedestrian crossing or waiting to cross the street after he has alighted from a bus will render the driver of the vehicle liable for injuries proximately resulting from such lack of care.
In conclusion, Georgia law, like most state laws, apply common sense to their statutes regulating pedestrian traffic. Basically, Georgia law demands that all pedestrians obey traffic-control devises just like motorists. Motorists are to stop and remain stopped while pedestrians are crossing the roadway in a properly marked crosswalk. Pedestrians are forbidden from darting out into the highway. If crossing a roadway where there is no crosswalk, then both pedestrians and motorists are to use caution to avoid each other. Georgia law concludes by asserting that every motorist needs to exercise caution to avoid contacting a pedestrian and when alerted to the danger posed by a pedestrian shall sound his horn to warn the pedestrian.