A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report indicates that 2011 saw 4,432 pedestrian fatalities in the United States. That made up about 14 percent of total traffic accident fatalities. To help keep pedestrians safe, every state has in place specific laws requiring pedestrians and motorists alike to abide by traffic control signals.
Basic Pedestrian Control Signal Rules
In Georgia, pedestrians are expected to follow these pedestrian and traffic control signals:
- When there is no other pedestrian signal, a green indication that faces the pedestrian implies that the pedestrian can proceed to cross the road within a marked or an unmarked crosswalk. However, this rule DOES NOT apply when the only green indication is a turning arrow sign.
- When there is no other pedestrian signal, a steady yellow circle or arrow sign that faces the pedestrian indicates that the pedestrian cannot start to cross a roadway.
- When there is no other pedestrian signal, a red arrow sign or a steady circular red signal that faces the pedestrian implies that the pedestrian must not walk on the roadway in order to cross it.
- A flashing or steady “Don’t Walk” pedestrian control signal indicates no pedestrian shall start to walk on the roadway in order to cross it.
- However, a person who had started to cross on the “Walk” signal and has partially completed the crossing when the “Don’t Walk” signal came on, should make it to the sidewalk or the nearest safety island while the sign is still showing.
Driver Responsibility for Pedestrian Accidents
Despite the prevalence of pedestrian laws in Georgia, many accidents occur due to the negligence of the driver. A pedestrian injured in such an incident is entitled to seek compensation. Victims must, however, establish the fault of the other party. Because collecting and analyzing relevant pieces of evidence may be a painstaking task, many plaintiffs seek the help of a personal injury attorney who can help with pedestrian accident cases. Contact Jason R. Schultz in Peachtree City for legal assistance.