The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan reports that has over 100 pedestrian fatalities per year. GDOT estimated that 2012 pedestrian deaths would likely exceed those in 2011.
Of the pedestrian fatalities, 91 percent occur in the roadway and only 5 percent occur in marked crosswalks. According to GDOT, over half involve either an impaired driver or a distracted pedestrian.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 17-year-old who was texting while attempting to cross a road was struck and seriously injured by a truck. No charges were filed against the truck's driver. Witnesses reported seeing the pedestrian texting while he was crossing the road.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that over 1,150 people were treated in emergency rooms last year after accidents that occurred while they were using handheld devices. Those included a woman who walked off a pier while texting and another who walked into a mall water fountain; the latter video went viral and has over one million YouTube views.
Victims of Atlanta pedestrian accidents may sustain injuries that are exacerbated by distracted drivers. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith and speak with a pedestrian injury lawyer if you would like a free consultation.