Pedestrian safety is an important issue in the United States today. According to a report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last fall, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and about 70,000 injured in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2010. The report defined “pedestrians” as any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down. Pedestrian accidents can have serious consequences for those involved, and can often lead to serious injury or may even be fatal. Drivers owe a duty to share the road with pedestrians, and when they fail to do so they can be held liable for any injuries that they may cause. If you have sustained an injury as the result of a pedestrian accident, you should contact a Newnan pedestrian accident lawyer to determine your legal rights. The Law Offices of Shane Smith vigorously represent those injured in car accidents and are available to consult with you about your case.
There are many ways to reduce the incidence of pedestrian accidents, some of which have to do with changing driver or pedestrian behavior. Another method of reducing such accidents involves changing the ways the roads are constructed. For example, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a report on the use of medians and pedestrian crossing islands as a way to minimize the risk of pedestrian accidents. For the purposes of the report, the following definitions were used:
- Median – an area between lanes of traffic going in opposite directions, not including turn lanes. Then can either be open, meaning that they are just marked on the pavement, or channelized, meaning that they are raised
- Pedestrian crossing islands – raised islands placed on streets or at intersections to separate crossing pedestrians from oncoming cars
According to the FHWA, when used correctly, these improvements can increase safety in the following ways:
- Reduction of pedestrian crashes by 46 percent, and of motor vehicle crashes by 39 percent
- Decrease motorist delays by 30 percent
- Allow pedestrians a safe place to stop in the middle of crossing a street
- Enhance the visibility of pedestrian crossings
- Reduce the speed of vehicles approaching pedestrian crossings
- Be used as access management for vehicles (restricting left turn access)
- Provide space for additional signs
Contact a Newnan pedestrian accident lawyer today for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should contact an experienced Coweta County pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. When pedestrians get into accidents with motor vehicles the results are often serious and can result in medical expenses, loss of wages, property damage, disability, or other damages. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact an attorney who knows how to effectively handle pedestrian accident cases. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are comprised of seasoned personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to representing the rights of people injured in accidents. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at (770) 487-8999.