185 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in the Metro Atlanta Area between 1997 and 1998, a statistic that moved the nonprofit Surface Transportation Policy Project to name Atlanta the second most dangerous city for pedestrians in 2000.
More recently, as walking, biking, and public transit have become more popular options, Atlanta has made strides as a walking city, and Metro Atlanta does have its pedestrian-friendly areas. Atlantic Station, Buckhead, Decatur and Midtown earned praise in a 2007 study conducted by the Brookings Institution. But PEDS, an Atlanta pedestrian advocacy organization, points out that many areas including Downtown Atlanta and Metro Atlanta suburbs still pose risks to pedestrians.
Hazards for pedestrians include broken and badly maintained sidewalks or no sidewalks at all-conditions that can force runners and walkers onto the road and into traffic. Many existing crosswalks are not well marked and lack safety features like traffic signals, median refuge islands, and in-street crosswalk signs.
High-speed roadways in semi-urban areas are also dangerous obstacles to pedestrians. According to PEDS, the likelihood of pedestrian death from a collision with a car increases dramatically as the speed of the vehicle increases:
The risk of pedestrian death at 20 mph is 5 percent. Most injuries from a collision with a car or truck at this speed are minor.
- At 30 mph, the risk of death is 45 percent, and serious injury is likely.
- 85 percent of pedestrians hit by a car traveling at 40 mph are killed.
Walking and biking are generally healthy choices, and Metro Atlanta should make these choices safer and more available for everyone. If you have been hit by a car, truck, or bus while walking or jogging, or if someone you love was run over and killed, you should contact an attorney who is an experienced advocate for injured pedestrians.
Not only do you deserve compensation for your losses, Atlanta deserves safer conditions for pedestrians. When your lawyer supports your right to compensation, he also supports your right to safety in the future.
If you have been hit by a car in the Metro Atlanta Area, or if someone you love was injured or killed in an Atlanta pedestrian accident, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith. Shane Smith is an experienced advocate for Georgia's injured.