A middle-aged Georgia woman was out on her morning jog with a friend through a crosswalk when she was struck by a pickup truck. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where her condition was deemed to be critical. The 46-year-old driver of the pickup truck, also from Georgia, rolled through the stop sign without yielding.
Runners in the area are constantly vigilant and aware of their surroundings while crossing the street. Though the four way intersection where the woman was hit was clearly marked with stop signs and lights, runners claim that this is barely enough to get the drivers to slow down. Those who love to run in the area do so cautiously. The president of the runners club stated that these kinds of accidents are, unfortunately, all too common.
The accident report determined that the driver of the pickup truck was at fault in the accident, as he blatantly failed to yield at the stop sign for the pedestrian runner while she was crossing the road. Charges have been filed against this driver.
Negligent drivers put people in the hospital on a daily basis. There are many root causes to this negligence, but the end result is all the same. Drivers who fail to follow the laws of the road are held liable for their actions. For anyone who has been involved in an accident due to a negligent driver, speaking to an experienced attorney could be very beneficial.
Source: WRDW TV, “Driver determined to be at fault in accident involving pedestrian on Evans to Locks Road”, Alma McCarty, Sept. 11, 2015