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Increasing Pedestrian Fatalities a Concern for Aging Georgians

According to the United States Department of Transportation data an average of over 60,000 pedestrians are injured in the United States each year. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) published a study that indicated the actual number of pedestrian injuries is likely much higher as reported data only includes injuries sustained in accidents with vehicles or bicycles.

 

A Fayette County pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review the incident and advise a victim of his legal rights.

 

The recent hit-and-run fatal accident involving a 76-year-old Walton County pedestrian raised concerns about pedestrian safety. According to Georgia State Patrol the man was walking home from bingo when he was struck by a motorist who fled the scene.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 46,000 pedestrians died in auto accidents in the past decade. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that pedestrians who are over the age of 75 face twice the risk of being struck as pedestrians 34 or younger. The study analyzed traffic-related pedestrian fatalities involving these age groups over a decade. The CDC report also warned that pedestrian fatalities involving seniors will likely rise as baby boomers age.

 

A pedestrian may be at fault when he is crossing the street between intersections that has a sign or signal indicating that the corner should not be used as a crosswalk. This will likely be viewed as jaywalking. It can make damages recovery difficult for an injured pedestrian and makes it even more crucial that a victim seek an experienced Fayette County pedestrian accident attorney.

 

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 Fayette County pedestrian accident attorney to protect their rights by securing police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence and to deal with insurance representatives. 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia