Accidents involving pedestrians can often cause devastating injuries to the pedestrians involved. It is a major public health concern, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2008 alone. In addition to these fatalities, another 69,000 pedestrians were injured. Pedestrians who are injured because of driver negligence may be entitled to recover through a personal injury lawsuit. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact one of the experienced personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith. Our attorneys are available to meet with potential clients at no charge to discuss any potential claims they may have.
While all pedestrians are at risk for being involved in a pedestrian accident, certain groups at a higher risk than others. According to the CDC, the following groups are most at risk of involvement in a pedestrian accident:
- Older adults – people aged 65 and older accounted for 18 percent of pedestrian fatalities and an estimated of 10 percent of all pedestrian injuries in 2008.
- Children – in 2008, 20 percent of children who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians.
- Drivers and pedestrians using alcohol – 48 percent of all accidents that resulted in a pedestrian fatality involved alcohol impairment for either the pedestrian or the driver.
- Speeders – higher speeds increase the risk of a pedestrian accident and the severity of the injury. Additionally, most pedestrian and bicycle fatalities occur in urban areas, not at intersections, and at night.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you should consult with an experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping Georgians injured in pedestrian accidents recover from the responsible party or parties. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.