Taking a walk on a warm evening is something that many people look forward to. Walking is not only a good form of exercise, but it can be a good way to relax and unwind after a long day. In most cases, these jaunts end safely and without incident. In other instances, they end in catastrophe.
According to reports, a 59-year-old woman was walking on Floyd Road around 8 p.m. on April 10. A Ford Explorer was driving on the same stretch of roadway and strayed from its path. The SUV struck the woman who was taken to the hospital. The driver of the SUV was not injured, but it expected that the driver will face charges as a result of the investigation into the incident.
Tragedies such as this one serve as a reminder that pedestrian safety must be taken seriously. Pedestrians, especially those walking after the sun goes down, should wear light, reflective clothing so that they can be easily seen by passing vehicles. Pedestrians are also urged to use sidewalks where they are available.
For their part, drivers should be cautious as they travel. Maintaining the proper lane is of utmost importance, as is keeping a lookout for anyone that might be traveling by foot. The safety of pedestrians is the responsibility of not only those who are walking, but of everyone on the road. Avoiding distractions while driving is one of the easiest ways to avoid an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta or the surrounding area, reach out to our team of experienced personal injury attorneys. We will review the details of your accident at no cost to you and advise you of your legal options. Call now to schedule your free case evaluation.