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Georgia Pedestrian Accident Reports Often Impliedly Place Blame on Victims

February 11, 2019

SAVANNAH, GA. – An online article posted to discusses how the media reports that come out after Georgia pedestrian accidents often impliedly place blame on the victims of these accidents. And this is not an issue isolated to Georgia; It happens with pedestrian and bicyclist accidents all over the country.

At the scene of a pedestrian or bicyclist accident, police officers are usually able to determine — and will report about — what the victims were wearing and what the victims were doing. Rarely are officers at the scene able to determine or report about an official cause for the accident. They usually do not provide information about whether the vehicle driver was speeding, was distracted, or was driving recklessly.

Media reports will indicate that authorities are still investigating, which is almost always true, but follow-up reports are rarely published. The public, therefore, ends up only seeing the first report that reads something like, “The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing,” or, “The pedestrian was not inside a designated crosswalk.” There is no information about the driver’s actions. 

This type of reporting places implied blame on the victims — the most vulnerable people involved in these accidents. The pedestrian might have been crossing outside a crosswalk because no crosswalk is available for miles, and the pedestrian might have been wearing dark clothing because that is the color his or her work uniform. 

Drivers should have to shoulder more of the public responsibility in these collisions. The drivers, after all, are protected in their vehicles. The people walking or biking are not protected and usually have the right-of-way.

In the event of a pedestrian or bicyclist accident involving you or your loved one, you can contact a personal injury attorney to protect your rights and help the public understand who suffered the real damage in your case. 

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