According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Georgia ranks ninth in the number deadly pedestrian crashes per capita nationwide. Almost two pedestrians per 100,000 people died in Georgia in 2010; the national average for pedestrian accident deaths was only 1.38 per 100,000 people. The NHTSA estimates that a pedestrian is killed in an automobile-pedestrian accident every 109 minutes and an injury occurs every seven minutes. The figures could be grossly misleading as many accidents and injuries go unreported.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) reported that 82 pedestrians were killed in Georgia automobile accidents during the first eight months of 2012, a 30 percent increase over the same time period in 2011. The number of accidents where pedestrians were killed is now a larger percentage of the Georgia traffic fatalities. While the rate of fatal accidents decreased by 27 percent, the rate of pedestrian fatalities has increased.
If you are injured a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review the incident and advise you of your legal rights.
Georgia law protects victims and their families from injuries and losses sustained in pedestrian accidents. Liability for such accidents is determined using general negligence concepts. Georgia statutes dictate that in most cases pedestrians have the right of way. As a result, most pedestrian accidents are viewed through the perspective of the motorist violating the duty to exercise reasonable care near a pedestrian.
Pedestrian safety can become an issue in urban areas. Some metropolitan residents have expressed concern to GDOT about the lack of pedestrian crosswalks and the length of crosswalk times. GDOT reportedly is drafting a statewide pedestrian safety action plan. Additionally, state funds are being allocated for timing sensitive crosswalks and audible pedestrian crosswalks at several busy intersections.
A Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney can help if you were a pedestrian and were struck by a vehicle. An experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can secure police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence.