In Georgia and other states across the nation, motorists and pedestrians can co-exist. Whether it is by vehicle or by foot, individuals find their way to get around. In places where pedestrians frequent, drivers are expected to use caution and uphold his or her duty to drive safely. Unfortunately, when this duty is breached due to distractions, negligence, recklessness or intoxication, this could result in a serious or fatal pedestrian collision.
According to recent reports, a pedestrian was struck and killed on Veteran’s Parkway in Columbus. This is the second fatal pedestrian accident in this location in a two-month period, giving rise of safety concerns for pedestrians. The recent victim was a 58-year-old male, who was struck just north of 23rd Street.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a friend of the victim hear the entire incident, describing it as three bumping sounds. While it was determined that the victim was not in a crosswalk while crossing the street, it was reported that both jaywalking and limited visibility is a major issue in this stretch of road. This has resulted in extra patrol in this area.
Investigations are still ongoing, and charges have not been issued in either incident at this time. Following such an accident, it is important to fully understand all the details of the accident. This could reveal that one or both parties were liable in the incident. This information can help with the recovery of compensation through a wrongful death action.
The loss of a loved one is a challenging time. It is difficult to imagine life without them, especially when their life was ended too soon because of a fatal accident. Options and recourses may be available, allowing surviving family members to recover losses, such as medical bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and other related damages.