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Pedestrians in Danger in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia

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Two recent studies place middle Georgia pedestrians among the most endangered on Georgia roads. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_dreamstimeextrasmall_707144.150pi.jpgMacon's WGXA Fox 24 television channel recently investigated and reported its findings on the air (see: Report shows Macon metro area deadliest in the-state for pedestrians).


But pedestrians do have rights on Georgia roads.  You may remember Mom’s warning, “look both ways and don’t try to cross the street if a car is coming.”  This is great advice. While it will certainly keep you out of trouble, this doesn’t mean, however, that drivers don’t have some serious responsibilities to pedestrians. 


Crosswalks are special places for pedestrians and offer the most protection when crossing the street.  Drivers must be especially watchful in these areas.  For instance, drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks when the crosswalk signal says it is ok for pedestrians to cross.  Even if there is no signal, the driver must still yield to the pedestrian who is already in the driver’s lane of travel or on the driver’s side of the road if there is more than one lane.  That being said, the pedestrian cannot step out into the crosswalk when an approaching car would be unable to stop in time.  These same rules apply even if the crosswalk is unmarked.  “Unmarked” crosswalks exist at intersections where you might expect a “marked” crosswalk to be.b2ap3_thumbnail_dreamstime_xs_25487450.150pi.jpg


Even if there is no crosswalk, and the pedestrian has safely entered the road, the driver still has to yield to the pedestrian.  Finally, drivers must be careful in all situations to avoid colliding with any pedestrian in the road, even if the pedestrian has not been careful.


For a complete listing on what pedestrians’ rights and responsibilities are, see O.C.G.A. Title 40 Chapter 6 Article 5.

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Sam has a long history of local ties to middle Georgia. He was born and reared in Marshallville, Macon County, Georgia, in a family associated with theorigin of today’s Peach industry. Sam earned his B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering at the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1993. After completing the Navy’s nuclear power training program, he served aboard a fast attack nuclear submarine as a naval Submarine Warfare Officer and was certified by the Naval Reactors Division of the U.S. Department of Energy as a Nuclear Engineer. In the Navy, Sam maintained a Top Secret – SCI security clearance and circumnavigated theworld during his tour of duty, successfully completing missions vital to U.S. national security, before beginning his legal career in 2002. Sam holds his Juris Doctor from theNorman Adrian Wiggins School of Lawat Campbell University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sam’s practice is now devoted to representing the rights of the injured, the families of deceased victims, and a select number of other clients in litigation. He has repeatedly served as lead counsel in jury trials resulting in six and seven figure verdicts, numerous bench trials, hearings, and motions. He has been recognized as one of the top young lawyers in Georgia and named a Georgia Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine and the Super Lawyers™ publication in 2009 and 2010 (only 2.5% of the total lawyers in Georgia are listed as a Rising Star). Sam has also received the "AV" Preeminant Rating by Martindale Hubble, the highest attorney rating for demonstrated skill, professionalism and ethics. Sam is married and has three children. He is one of the founding members of the practice.

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