Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in Georgia
Pedestrian accidents continue to rise in Georgia, and your safety should be at the forefront of your mind when you are traveling by foot. The Governors Highway Safety Association’s “Spotlight on Highway Safety” report contains preliminary data for 2018, and shows Georgia had the fourth highest number of fatalities in the U.S. with 133 pedestrian deaths between January and June 2018.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC right away. We can help you get the compensation you need. Call us today at (404) 419-6674.
Georgia Roads Are Dangerous for Pedestrians
You may take your safety for granted when you regularly jog, walk to your destinations, or walk as part of your commute to and from work. You may take the same routes day after day without any incident. Unfortunately, the statistics suggest you, a relative, or a friend may be injured in a vehicle-pedestrian collision in Georgia. The state has the eighth highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. with a rate of 1.27 deaths per 100,000 people.
Georgia experienced 101 pedestrian fatalities between January and June 2017. The 2018 preliminary data shows an increase of 32%, which is significant.
Georgia is not alone in seeing more pedestrian fatalities in 2018 than in 2017. The GHSA report noted California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, New York, and North Carolina were all expected to have more than 100 pedestrian deaths. Between January and June 2018, California experienced 432 pedestrian deaths. Florida reported 330 and Texas had 298 pedestrian fatalities.
In comparison, fourteen states had fewer than 10 pedestrian deaths and 20 states experienced between 10 and 50 pedestrian fatalities.
Important Factors in Pedestrian Accidents & Fatalities
There are many possible reasons for the increase in vehicle-pedestrian accidents and pedestrian fatalities, including but not limited to:
- Road and Intersection Design – not all roads and intersections are designed with pedestrian safety in mind. States can employee transportation planers and engineers to design safer roadways, such as by including sidewalks, marked crosswalks, and walk signals and lights. Additionally, a lack of appropriate crossing areas causes pedestrians to cross streets in dangerous areas.
- Lighting – Another important aspect of road design is lighting. A majority of pedestrian fatalities happen when it is dark, which suggests several improvements could be made, including improved street lighting.
- Increased Exposure – Pedestrian accidents and fatalities may be on the ride because more people are outside. More people walking and jogging increases the number of people exposed to traffic.
- Negligent Driving – One of the most prominent reasons for pedestrian accidents is negligent drivers. Speeding, intoxicated driving, distracted driving, and failing to keep a lookout all contribute to drivers colliding with pedestrians. Distracted driving related to an increase in smartphone ownership remains a top concern.
- SUVs – More Americans are buying small trucks and SUVS rather than small to mid-sized passenger cars. This contributes to a greater number of pedestrian deaths because trucks and SUVs typically cause more severe injuries upon impact.
- Enforcement – Lack of enforcement efforts contribute to poor behavior and dangerous conduct by both pedestrians and drivers.
Were You or a Loved One Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?
Our team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC has years of experience representing individuals and families after pedestrian accidents. If you or a loved one were struck by a vehicle in Atlanta, Georgia, we recommend you contact us as soon as possible. We can represent you in a personal injury or wrongful death claim and will aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries or loss. Contact us through our online contact form or call (404) 419-6674 to schedule a free consultation.