Fulton County, Georgia Jury Awards Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle $1.9 Million
FULTON COUNTY, GA- According to law.com, a jury has issued a $1.9 million award to a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle while he was on the sidewalk waiting to cross Peachtree Road. The victim, a 66-year-old man was crushed between the vehicle, a Toyota Rav4, and metal utility pole. The Toyota had been clipped in the back by a Porsche, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.
The plaintiff’s pelvis was fractured, as were his tibia and fibula. He also suffered some minor injuries. Following the collision, the plaintiff was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where they performed surgery on him. He was then sent to Emory Hospital where he required rehab for two weeks. It took the man more than three months to be able to walk again following the accident.
The jury found the driver of the Toyota 100% at fault for the crash and awarded the plaintiff over $1,918,000. The award included $180,00 in compensation for the plaintiff’s surgical procedure, a little over $438,000 in expenses and fees, and $1.3 million in general damages.
Pedestrian accidents have been on the rise in the United States. In 2015, the number of pedestrians killed across the country was 5,376. That number was a 9.5% increase over the number of people killed the previous year. Of course, many more suffered debilitating injuries. Within the same time-period, the state of Georgia saw an increase in the number of pedestrians killed as well. Georgia saw an even higher spike than the national average. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic-related accidents increased by 18.4%. Georgia has implemented programs aimed at increasing pedestrian safety through law enforcement, education, and public outreach.
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