Roadway fatalities recently increased in Georgia for the first time after a consistent nine-year downward trend. Fatalities totaled 1,339 in 2015.190 of these were pedestrian deaths. This year in Atlanta, three pedestrians were hit and killed. In April, one older individual was struck and killed outside of an Applebee’s. In August, two pedestrians were killed in two separate hit-and-run accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,743 pedestrians were killed and 76,000 injured in 2012. These numbers amount to a pedestrian death every two minutes and an injury every seven seconds. Furthermore, one each trip, pedestrians are one and a half times more likely to die in a traffic accident than car passengers.
Who is at Risk
The following figures of pedestrian deaths and injuries are from the CDC for 2012. Older adults made up 20% of pedestrian deaths and 9% of pedestrian accidents. Teens and young adults ages 15 to 29 are the most likely to be seen in emergency room visits when compared to other age groups. For all kids between the ages of five and 15, one out of every five killed in a traffic accident was walking. Alcohol impairment was involved in either the driver or pedestrian for 48% of pedestrian deaths. 34% of pedestrian deaths occurred when impairment was on part of the pedestrian and 14% when the driver was impaired. Male pedestrians are more likely to be involved in an accident than females. Higher traffic speeds put pedestrians are greater risk of being struck and increase the likelihood that the outcome will be more severe. There is also greater risk to pedestrians in urban locations, non-intersection crossings, and at nighttime.
The CDC recommends the following safety precautions:
When walking at night, carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing so that you are visible to cars.
Use designated crosswalks and intersections to cross streets as much as possible.
Always walk on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, it is best to walk on the shoulder of the road facing oncoming traffic.
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be suffering physical and emotional pain. There can be stress due to injuries and the shock of the accident as well as stress from medical bills and lost wages if you are unable to work. You may have the option to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit if the person who caused the accident acted with recklessness. If you believe a careless driver hit you, the help and expertise of a personal injury lawyer is crucial to your healing process.
Contact Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC
The Atlanta metro area attorneys at Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC can guide and support you during your recovery. The attorneys at Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC are experienced in auto accident and personal injury. It is critical to speak with an auto accident attorney before contacting an insurance claims adjuster, so please contact us today for a free consultation.