In 2011, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report reveals that 130 pedestrians were killed in the state, accounting for 10.6 percent of total motor vehicle deaths. This puts a spotlight on Georgia pedestrian laws that pedestrians, motorists, and all others who share the road should always keep in mind.
Pedestrian Right of Way: Laws for Motorists
The Georgia Legislature had amended the crosswalk law in the state and according to the revised pedestrian regulations, drivers must stop and stay halted to let a pedestrian cross a road within a crosswalk. This rule is applicable in the following instances:
- When the pedestrian is on the crosswalk and at any place on the driver’s side of the road.
- When the pedestrian is approaching the lane in which the vehicle is traveling and is already within a distance of one lane from the driver’s side of the road.
The pedestrian rules in Georgia also specify that when a vehicle has stopped to yield to a pedestrian at a marked crosswalk or an unmarked one at an intersection, the driver of any other vehicle at the rear cannot overtake the vehicle at halt.
Road Laws for Pedestrians
The Georgia pedestrian laws require pedestrians must not leave the sidewalk or any other place designated safe for walking and walk into the path of a moving vehicle that is too close to yield right-of-way. Pedestrians who cross at any point other than a marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection are required to yield to vehicles on the road.
Further, pedestrians may not cross between adjacent intersections that contain traffic-control signals unless they do so in a marked crosswalk. Additionally, pedestrians cannot cross an intersection diagonally unless signaled safe by the traffic light. A pedestrian has to also yield right-of-way to vehicles when using the roadway to cross the road when there is an overhead pedestrian crossing or a pedestrian tunnel present.
Get Legal Help if Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
Despite pedestrians adhering to all pedestrian rules, accidents do happen because of the reckless act of a driver. A pedestrian injured in an accident caused by a negligent motorist is entitled to seek compensation for losses and expenses. To put together a case, injured pedestrians or their families should consult a personal injury attorney. Call Jason R. Schultz at 404-474-0804 to set up a free initial consultation.