According to United States Department of Transportation data an average of over 60,000 pedestrians are injured in accidents with vehicles in the United States each year. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) published a study that showed most pedestrian injuries occur at night.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 4,280 pedestrians were killed in 2010 in United States traffic crashes, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes.
If you are injured a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review the incident and advise you of your legal rights.
Gov. Nathan Deal released a statement reminding Georgians to be vigilant in their personal efforts to prevent pedestrian accidents. He said that the responsibility is shared by drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
In 2012, an estimated 132 people died in Georgia pedestrian accidents; this accounts for more than 10 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. Data indicates that most of the accidents involving automobiles striking pedestrians happen at dusk or after dark. In 2008, over 70 percent of pedestrian accidents nationwide occurred after dark.
Victims should seek the assistance of a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney to protect their rights by securing police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence and to deal with insurance representatives. Victims should call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free legal consultation.