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What rights do pedestrians have in Georgia?

Virtually every city or state has laws on the books that describe what type of activities that a pedestrian can lawfully engage in without the risk of being ticketed. These rules and regulations aren't on the books to make people's lives inconvenient but to protect individuals from getting hurt or killed. Many of these laws have to do with pedestrians crossing the street, with or without crosswalks and signals.

The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) § 40-6-91 describes what rights pedestrians have when crosswalks are present at an intersection. That law gives walkers the right of way if they're in an adjoining lane to the one that has a consistent flow of traffic. That same law prohibits pedestrians from suddenly entering an active traffic lane, especially if it gives a motorist too little time to stop before striking them. It prohibits drivers from passing another motorist simply to bypass a pedestrian as well.

O.G.C.A. § 40-6-92 is a law that addresses what drivers and pedestrians can do at Georgia intersections that are lacking crosswalks. It states that all people on foot should yield to any motorist when there's no designed crossing in place. The law addresses situations in which pedestrians have already entered the roadway. It's in these instances that the law states that individuals should be allowed to complete their walk provided that it was initiated when it was originally safe to do so.

That same law spells out how pedestrians should attempt to cross in designated crosswalks whenever possible and more specifically at nearby ones where traffic signals may be in place. That law also details how pedestrians should yield to all oncoming motorists when crossing the roadway itself instead of using an overhead crossing or tunnel. That law also prohibits pedestrians from crossing a roadway diagonally unless traffic signals indicate that they should do so.

One of the reasons why pedestrians end up getting hit is because neither the person walking nor the motorist is clear about what the rights and responsibilities that they must uphold are. An attorney can review the details of your accident and let you know whether you may be eligible to request compensation from the negligent driver who hurt you here in Athens.

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