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.
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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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.
Older adults, children and pedestrians who are impaired by alcohol are most at risk in pedestrian accidents. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at night.
CDC studies indicate that from 2000 to 2004, pedestrian fatality rates declined in the United States, but the Atlanta area did not experience the same decline. Pedestrian fatality rates for males, Hispanics, and the 15-34 and 35-54 year old age groups were higher in Atlanta than in the United States overall. Georgia's pedestrian death rate is 25 percent higher than the national rate. While the national rate decreased by 19 percent since 2001, Georgia's rate remained the same over the same time period.
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.