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Georgia Sees Increase in Pedestrian Accidents

After six years of steady declines the number of traffic fatalities increased in the first nine months of 2012. A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died in auto accidents from January through September compared to 23,884 during the same period in 2011.

 

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), 29 pedestrians were killed in accidents in the first three months in 2014. GDOT indicated that fatalities among motorists have trended lower for the past decade but pedestrian accidents continue to increase and now make up 15 percent of the state's accident fatalities. Nearly half of the pedestrian accidents occurred within 300 feet of transit stops. A significant number of the accidents also occurred on university campuses.

 

If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. If the investigation proves that negligence on the part of the driver was responsible for the pedestrian's death then there may be grounds for the victim's family to file a wrongful death claim.

 

You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia