According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 4,378 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents in 2008 and an additional 69,000 pedestrians sustained injuries. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours and one pedestrian injury every eight minutes. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed than the passenger occupants in an auto accident.
A Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review an incident and advise a victim of his legal rights.
The greatest risk group for pedestrian accidents is adults ages 65 and older. Older adults accounted for 18 percent of all pedestrians killed and an estimated 10 percent of all pedestrians injured in 2008 accidents. Nearly 20 percent of all children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in auto accidents was a pedestrian.
Alcohol impairment is frequently a factor in pedestrian accidents. Impaired drivers or pedestrians were involved in 48 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents in 2008. There is also a direct correlation between the time of day and pedestrian accidents: over 70 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in the evening. The CDC also found that pedestrian accidents occur more frequently in urban areas and at non-intersection locations.
A recent Atlanta pedestrian accident illustrates the legal layers in such a case. A 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene. A 43-year-old was subsequently arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident as well as DUI and a variety of other offenses.
Victims of pedestrian accidents may seek relief for such things as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. Victims should seek the assistance of a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney to protect their rights by securing police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence and to deal with insurance representatives.