Pedestrian Killed While Crossing Clayton County Road: Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents


February 14, 2011

A pedestrian was killed while trying to cross Mt. Zion Road in Clayton County last week. Brandon Duncan was crossing the street when a vehicle driving westbound on Mt. Zion hit him, according to police. The vehicle that hit Duncan was traveling next to a BMW when the BMW driver started a lane change into the other driver's lane.

The vehicle hit Duncan when it swerved to avoid the BMW that was making a lane change. Duncan was declared dead at the scene. Pedestrian accidents remain a serious cause of injuries and fatalities in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing accident victims and their families throughout Georgia who have been injured in pedestrian accidents for over 25 years.

Our firm has handled many pedestrian auto accidents over the years and has developed a list of precautions pedestrians can take to reduce the risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident, including the following:

Wear Bright Clothes: During the winter months, it gets dark earlier so pedestrians are less visible to drivers. If you wear bright clothing, it will increase your visibility.

Use the Sidewalk: You should remain on the sidewalk unless you are crossing the street. Walking on the sidewalk instead of in the street can go a long way to keeping you safe. If the road does not have a crosswalk, you should walk as close to the edge of the roadway as possible.

Walk Against Traffic: Where possible, you should walk in the opposite direction of traffic which allows you to see potential erratic driving behavior such as a driver swerving or passing illegally when approaching.

Use the Crosswalk: You should always cross the street at the crosswalk instead of the middle of the block. Crosswalks typically have stop signs or traffic lights that control traffic, which makes it much safer for pedestrians. If it is not feasible to cross in a crosswalk, you should at least cross the street at an intersection. When people cross the street in the middle of the block, drivers do not expect pedestrians in the roadway, which increases the probability of a serious pedestrian accident.

Avoid Pedestrian Distractions: While many people are aware of the problem of distracted driving by drivers, including drivers using mobile phones to text and drive, many people are not aware of the growing problem of distracted pedestrians. You should avoid using your cell phone or other handheld electronic device when approaching an intersection or crossing the street.

Because pedestrians have no protection in the event of a pedestrian collision with a motor vehicle, pedestrians tend to suffer catastrophic injuries including broken bones, head and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. Montlick and Associates represents pedestrians who have been struck by a motor vehicle in Atlanta and throughout Georgia and the Southeast.

Our experienced Georgia pedestrian auto accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24 hour Live Online Chat.

Our attorneys and staff will work hard to protect your interests and get you the compensation you deserve.

Category: Personal Injury

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