For the many people who walk Peachtree Street and other Atlanta metro streets, pedestrian accidents in Atlanta are a reality. Because of the increase in traffic along Peachtree and other downtown city streets, the dangers have increased for pedestrians.
Before taking your next step, don’t you want to know where Atlanta ranks in regard to pedestrian dangers? According to Transportation American’s Most Dangerous Metro Areas for 2011, Atlanta streets do pose a danger to pedestrians. In fact, last year Atlanta was ranked as the 11th most deadly metro for pedestrians in the U.S.
Because the number of pedestrians who walk the city streets of downtown Atlanta, North Atlanta, and Buckhead continue to increase, so do pedestrian accidents in Atlanta.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
According to the Transportation America study, 1,545 pedestrians were killed in all of Georgia between 2000 and 2009. During the same time, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area had 798 pedestrian deaths alone. This equates to an average annual pedestrian fatality rate of 1.6 per 100,000 people. The study then looked at how many people walk to work in the Atlanta metro area—1.4 percent—and combined that number with the number and rate of fatalities to come up with the result. They discovered the pedestrian danger index in the Atlanta metro area is 119.3, which puts the Atlanta metro area at the 11th spot on the list.
Reducing Pedestrian Injuries in Atlanta Is a Joint Effort
In order to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities, it will take everyone working together—drivers, pedestrians, and even state officials. The Georgia Department of Transportation has been working to make the roads safer for pedestrians by developing and implementing a pedestrian safety guide, safety and education materials, and regional pedestrian plans throughout the state.
The Peachtree Corridor Taskforce also has worked on developing improvement plans for pedestrian safety. One plan involves upgrading pedestrian signage and another involves reintroducing streetcars. However, much more work will be needed to put Georgia in a better spot on the list for future years.
In addition to the work being done by state officials, drivers also need to do a better job of looking out for pedestrians before they make right- and left-hand turns. Additionally, pedestrians need to do a better job of paying attention while walking. Pedestrians need to make sure they are focusing on the road and not walking distracted, that they are obeying the traffic signals, and that they are crossing the street in crosswalks.
If you have been hurt in a Georgia pedestrian accident due to a driver’s negligence, please call a skilled Atlanta pedestrian injury lawyer at Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation today.