Crosswalks Are Not Necessarily a Safe Haven for Atlanta Pedestrians


February 22, 2012

Pedestrians all over Atlanta step into crosswalks every day and presume it is safe. After all, the crosswalk is designed to be a safe haven for pedestrians where they can safely cross without having to negotiate dangerous obstacles like cars whizzing by at high rates of speed.

Unfortunately, pedestrian crosswalk accidents are common and occur all over the U.S. everyday. The notion that a pedestrian is safe from being struck by a vehicle because they are crossing in an intersection creates a false sense of security. Atlanta pedestrian crosswalk accidents are fairly common for a variety of reasons including poor intersection design, malfunctioning traffic signals, inattentive or impaired drivers and a multitude of other reasons.

Atlanta pedestrian accidents are the most dangerous type of accident for a victim because a pedestrian has absolutely no protection against the force of the impact. The human body was not designed to withstand the impact of several tons of metal moving at speeds of 35 miles per hour or more. When a pedestrian is involved in a collision with any type of motor vehicle from a small passenger car to a large tractor-trailer the inevitable consequences can be catastrophic injuries including closed head injuries, traumatic brain injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, severe internal organ damage and, tragically, death.

The experienced crosswalk pedestrian accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to providing the best possible result on behalf of Atlanta pedestrian accident victims as part of our mission to be regarded as the best Atlanta pedestrian accident law firm in Georgia. We carefully investigate all serious Atlanta pedestrian crosswalk accidents on behalf of our clients because we know that there are often multiple factors and more than one responsible party that may cause an Atlanta pedestrian crosswalk accident.

As might be expected, negligent drivers are the most common cause of Atlanta pedestrian crosswalk accidents. Many drivers fail to obey the speed limit in areas where a high volume of pedestrian foot traffic is common including school zones, residential neighborhoods, near parks and around shopping centers and their large parking lots. While speed is a leading factor that causes many Atlanta pedestrian crosswalk accidents, other common contributing factors include:

  • Drivers who are not paying attention (distracted drivers)
  • Alcohol or drug impaired drivers (DUI – drunken driving)
  • Poorly designed intersections
  • Traffic signals that are timed poorly or that malfunction
  • Driver indifference
  • Fatigued or drowsy drivers
  • Intersections with inadequate traffic controls

The sad reality is that most Atlanta pedestrian crosswalk accidents could be avoided if drivers slowed down and paid attention in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present. Most crosswalks are clearly marked so drivers have adequate notice that they should be prepared to yield to pedestrians. Unfortunately, some drivers do not stop to consider whether the seconds or minutes they will save by driving a little faster is worth the loss of life that results from fatal pedestrian crosswalk accidents.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in an Atlanta pedestrian crosswalk accident or you have lost someone you love in such an accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation and justice. Our Atlanta pedestrian crosswalk accident attorneys have been fighting for Georgia pedestrian accident victims for over 28 years. We are committed to helping our clients obtain the financial compensation that they need and deserve to rebuild their lives after being the victim of a serious pedestrian accident.

Our Georgia pedestrian crosswalk 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 our attorneys 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.

Category: Personal Injury

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