A 19-year-old woman, who was injured when she was struck by a pickup truck as she walked on a crosswalk, continues to remain in a critical condition in the hospital.The man who was driving the pickup truck that struck her has been arrested. As an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, often the worst cases I see involve pedestrians. Motorists must remember that whenever they approach an intersection, they need to slow down to protect pedestrians.
The woman was walking on the crosswalk when she was hit by the truck driven by 19-year-old Dalton Mason.He was arrested by police a little while later at his home in Acworth.He has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to stop at a stop sign and other charges.Preliminary investigations seem to suggest that the pedestrian had the right-of-way here.
Preventing pedestrian accidents in Atlanta is going to be even more challenging in the summer with more pedestrians on the street.Besides, rising gas prices have already meant more pedestrians choosing to walk to work than drive.These pedestrians are likely to be at risk from motorists who fail to respect even a pedestrian’s most basic rights.
Failure to yield to a pedestrian is one of the most basic rights of a pedestrian.However, every year, Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers come across a number of cases involving pedestrians who had the right-of-way, but were struck anyway because a driver could not be bothered to yield.
This summer, motorists must be careful about looking out for pedestrians as they drive.Look out for pedestrians at crosswalks, and waiting to cross the road at intersections.When you see a pedestrian cross the road, slow down and wait till the pedestrian has crossed the street.Do this even if the pedestrian is not on a crosswalk.