Your Rights Under Law
Hit by a Car in Savannah Georgia
It depends on:
- Were You In The Crosswalk?
- Did You Enter The Crosswalk Before A Vehicle Was In Sight?
- If Outside Of The Crosswalk, Was There A Traffic Signal At Both Neighboring Intersections?
- Was The Driver Speeding?
- Are There Eyewitnesses?
Savannah has earned its long-standing reputation for having highly dangerous traffic patterns—in fact, if you are a pedestrian in this city, merely crossing the street puts you at great risk.
As a Savannah injury attorney who has represented many pedestrians who have been hit in chaotic Savannah traffic, I have a lot of experience helping clients navigate their legal options after they have been injured.
Under the Official Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 40-6-93, victims’ rights are clearly explained: “…every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway, shall give warning by sounding his horn when necessary, and shall exercise proper precautions upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person.”
More specifically, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-92 gives details about pedestrian crossings and jaywalking. According to section (a) of the Code, pedestrians must yield to all vehicles while crossing the street, unless they have already entered the road. This law applies whether or not the pedestrian is using a crosswalk, so keep in mind that white stripes on the pavement are not a signal to ignore the traffic around you.
Section (c) of the Code goes on to specify that pedestrians are illegally jaywalking when they choose to cross the street at a random point between two adjacent intersections, instead of using one of the intersections’ crosswalks. If you choose to do this, you can be charged with negligence in civil court, which can make your injury case more difficult. Keep in mind, though, that this rule only applies if you cross the street between two adjacent intersections that have traffic lights. In other words, if you are between two intersections with traffic lights and decide to go ahead and cross the street for convenience, then you are at fault.
In any case, if you have been hit by a car, you need to gather eyewitness accounts if at all possible. First-hand testimony always makes pedestrian cases much stronger, and your lawyer will also need to gather evidence about the lighting conditions at the time of the accident, how noticeable your clothing was, and how well the driver knew the pedestrian traffic patterns in the area where you were hit.
Pedestrian injury law is rather complicated in Savannah Georgia, so if you have questions about what you have read here, please call our office for more information.
Christopher Simon Attorney at Law
301 E 37th St #B
Savannah, GA 31401