Some people walk for health, while others do so out of necessity. Regardless of the reasons, pedestrians should be able to travel safely when walking near Georgia roads. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and a car accident involving a pedestrian can lead to serious personal injury or even worse -- death.
In Dec. 2018, a 42-year-old man was traveling northbound by foot along U.S. 41. At the same time, a passenger vehicle was driving south. As he attempted to navigate a curve in the road, the driver hit the pedestrian. According to police, the man may have been walking along the solid line that separated the right-hand lane from a merge lane.
The driver told police that he had not seen the pedestrian until it was too late to avoid a collision. The wreck is still under investigation, but no charges have been filed as of yet. This could potentially change as authorities continue to gather additional information and evidence.
When a pedestrian dies because of a driver's negligence, surviving family members are often left behind to deal with difficult financial decisions on top of unimaginable emotional suffering. Things like unexpected funeral expenses, medical bills from attempted life-saving care and more can make it difficult for Georgia families to find a healthy way to move forward with the grieving process. Personal injury and wrongful death claims are often the most effective course of action for injury victims and family members who are dealing with the aftermath of a fatal car accident.