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Why Are Teen Pedestrian Injuries in Georgia on the Rise? New Study Provides an Answer

New information from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) reveals that Georgia roads are not safe for pedestrians, as GDOT has stated that pedestrian deaths for 2012 should likely exceed those from the previous year. Sadly, Georgia pedestrian deaths are already above the national average.

While there are many reasons why pedestrian deaths occur, including drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and running red lights on the part of drivers, pedestrians have also helped contribute to their injuries and fatalities in some cases. 

For example, teen pedestrian injuries are on the rise nationwide due to their obsession with their cell phones. Because they don’t put down the phone and walk, they aren’t aware of the dangers that surround them on the roads. 

Some teens would rather check their Facebook account, tweet, or send texts to their friends while they walk down the road, than look around and be aware of approaching cars. Sadly, this rise in Georgia pedestrian injuries and deaths among teens, and nationwide, may be blamed on texting and walking. 

New Study Shows Increase in Pedestrian Injuries

According to a new study, Walking Safely: A Report to the Nation, pedestrian injuries have increased by 25 percent for those ages 16 to 19. This study conducted by SafeKids, a global non-profit organization focused on preventing child injuries, found that the pedestrian death rate among older teens is double that of younger kids.

Kate Carr, president and CEO of SafeKids Worldwide, says that “Our hypothesis is that the rise in injuries among these older teens is caused by their dramatic increase in their cell phone use.” 

When pedestrians use their cell phones, they are unaware of what is happening right around them. While they may only bump into a person in front of them or trip on the sidewalk, they may walk out in front of traffic. Walking safely is a two-way street that requires both drivers and pedestrians to pay attention to the road at all times.  

While pedestrians need to be better about focusing their attention on the road, safe pedestrians may still find themselves as victims of Atlanta pedestrian accidents due to drivers not paying attention. If you would like help holding the negligent driver accountable for your injuries, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 and speak with an Atlanta accident attorney in a free consultation today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia