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Tips for Pedestrian Safety

According to a 2012 report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010, and, in addition, an estimated 70,000 were injured. When pedestrians are involved in collisions with cars, the injuries they sustain are often very serious and can lead to permanent disability and even death. In Georgia alone, there were 1,244 pedestrian fatalities in 2010. The Law Office of Shane Smith is a law firm that is committed to representing pedestrians that sustain injuries in traffic accidents.

Walking is a great form of moderate exercise and is an economical and “green” way to get to your destination. On the other hand, walking in a high traffic area can be risky and requires that pedestrians take extra precautions to ensure their safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 324 people will be treated in an emergency room for injuries that they sustain as pedestrians in the next 24 hours. In addition, on average, one pedestrian will die from their injuries in the next two hours.

All pedestrians are at some risk from sustaining injuries in traffic-related crashes, but certain groups are at higher risk than others.

  • Males are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian traffic accident than females.
  • African Americans and Native Americans who are pedestrians are more likely to die as a result of a pedestrian-related car crash
  • In general, older pedestrians are more likely to die from being involved in a pedestrian-related car crash
  • Drinking alcohol increases the risk of a pedestrian being killed in a traffic accident.
  • Motor vehicle traffic injuries, including pedestrian injuries, are the most common cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14

Suggestions for pedestrian safety

The CDC recommends that pedestrians can be safer by following the following precautions:

  • Use designated crosswalks to cross streets
  • Be particularly careful of turning cars at intersections
  • Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing if walking at night
  • Walk on a sidewalk whenever possible; if not possible walk facing traffic

 

Contact a Fayette County pedestrian accident attorney for a free consultation

Traffic accidents that involve pedestrians can leave the victims seriously injured and requiring intensive medical care. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to recover from the party or parties that are responsible. In order to determine whether you have a case, you should contact a Fayette County pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible for a consultation. To schedule a free consultation with one of the attorneys at The Law Offices of Shane Smith, call us today at (770) 484-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia