Georgia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Shane Smith Covers Recent Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrians are entitled to protection under Georgia state law. However, some drivers think they are above the law and fail to uphold their duty of care. When this happens and they breach their duty of care when operating their motor vehicle, serious and sometimes deadly consequences can happen to innocent pedestrians in Georgia. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 64,000 innocent pedestrians are seriously injured and 5,000 more are killed annually. In 2009 alone pedestrians accounted for more than 12 % of all people killed in auto crashes.
There are even more frightening statistics from the NHTSA. Pedestrian deaths are the second most common form of motor vehicle death, only behind passenger related deaths. Speed and pedestrian death is directly related. For example, pedestrians involved in an auto accident at 20 mph only has a 5 percent chance of death while pedestrians involved in auto accidents at 30 and 40 mph have chances of dying at 45 and 85 percent respectively.
According to research from Dangerous by Design, the Atlanta-metro area, which includes Gwinnett County, was rated as one of the top 10 most dangerous locations in the country for pedestrians. This survey was based on 360 metropolitan areas all over America. This study found more dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians are directly correlated to the level of safety measures for pedestrians. The lower the spending, the more numerous and more severe the dangers pedestrians experience.
Since the roads are inherently dangerous due to some negligent drivers and the unsafe design of roads, there are some Georgia pedestrian safety tips that you can apply when you are out to help reduce your chances of becoming injured or killed. Some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:
- Look out for designated crosswalks and exclusively use them to increase your chances of drivers seeing you.
- When crossing a road or when approaching a corner or intersection, look out for drivers taking a turn. Drivers are supposed to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing a road, but do not always. Look around and make sure it is safe to cross or keep moving around the bend before assuming it is safe to do so.
- If you are walking in the morning, at night or anytime when there is reduced visibility, wear reflective clothing and bring a flashlight. This will increase your chances of being seen better by motor vehicle operators. This can mean the difference between being hit and injured or killed or not.
However, even the most cautious pedestrian can still fall victim to a negligent driver and sustain severe or fatal injuries. If you have become injured or a loved one has been killed due to the recklessness of a motor vehicle operator, you need to speak with a Gwinnett County pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. When you call our law firm at (770) 487-8999 and schedule a free legal consultation with a Georgia pedestrian accident attorney you will have your circumstances evaluated and know all of your legal rights, including if you are able to obtain justice for your emotional and physical injuries.