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Dangers Pedestrians Face

Georgia Pedestrian Accident Attorney Shane Smith Educates on Georgia’s Pedestrian Laws

Based on statistics from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following figures show just how deadly it is for pedestrians and bicyclists in Georgia and elsewhere in the country. Here are some highlights:

  • Collisions with motor vehicles saw 618 bicycle riders and 4,280 pedestrians die in 2010.
  • 2010 also saw 70,000 pedestrians injuries

Other data shows that pedestrians are disproportionately a part of traffic-deaths. The two sources found that while pedestrians only make up 10.9 percent of all traffic on the road, they accounted for more than 12 percent of traffic-related deaths.

When you consult with a Lilburn pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith, you are able to see what legal rights Georgia law entitles you to for a potential personal injury claim.

How do drivers cause these injuries and deaths?

While the vast majority of drivers take their privilege of driving very seriously, there is a small minority of drivers who fail to uphold their duty of care to keep their car under control when they are driving on the road, whether there are pedestrians or not. Drivers need to take precaution no matter where they are driving, but when there is a potential for pedestrians to be on the road or on the sidewalk nearby, drivers need to be extra cautious. The following is a list of potential causes that may lead a driver to hit and injure or kill a pedestrian:

  • Adjusting the radio
  • Eating
  • Texting on the cellphone (even talking)
  • Grooming (clipping nails, apply makeup, etc.)
  • Reading the newspaper

These are just a few potential causes that can lead to a pedestrian injury or a pedestrian death. Anything that can cause the driver’s mind or eyes to lose focus from pedestrian on or near the road may lead to a pedestrian death or injury.  

Injured pedestrians or the family of a killed pedestrian will benefit by speaking with a Georgia pedestrian accident lawyer. Victims benefit from a complimentary consultation with a Gwinnett County pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith because they understand what damages they may be entitled to during a lawsuit against the at-fault party who caused their loss. Call our law firm today at (770) 487-8999 to see what Georgia State law entitles you and/or your loved one to. 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia