According to a study published in 2007 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 70,000 pedestrians were injured and 4,700 pedestrians were killed during 2003. The same study also reported that every eight minutes a pedestrian is injured and every 113 minutes a pedestrian is killed.
Based on the latest statistics from the CDC, 4,378 pedestrians were fatally injured in traffic accidents. Other data from the CDC recorded over 69,000 pedestrian injuries in traffic accidents in 2008. Their statistics put pedestrians 1.5 times more likely than vehicle passengers to die in traffic accidents per trip.
If you have been injured in a traffic accident in Atlanta call a Gwinnett County attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (888) 927-6955 for a free legal consultation. You will be able to speak with an experienced attorney who will evaluate your pedestrian accident circumstances and protect your legal rights.
While every pedestrian accident and death from traffic accidents is a tragedy, there are some segments of society who are most at risk:
- Pedestrians 65 years of age and older made up 18% of all pedestrian deaths and one out of ten injuries in 2008.
- 20 percent of children killed in traffic accidents were children aged between 5 and 9.
- Almost half (48 percent) of traffic accidents that resulted in a deceased pedestrian involved alcohol.
Another factor that increases the chances of a pedestrian being hit and injured or killed is motor vehicle operators disobeying the speed limit. The CDC also found that most pedestrian injuries and deaths occur during the night, not at a traffic intersection and in urban areas such as Atlanta and greater Fulton County.
Victims of pedestrian injuries can suffer a wide variety of injuries; however, the vast majority of pedestrian accident victims suffer severe and life-altering injuries. Some of these injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken legs, arms, hips
- Internal organ damage
- Severe emotional distress (short and long-term)
- Lost wages
Since injuries sustained during traffic accidents are likely to persist beyond the day of the accident, it is essential to speak with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. You will have your situation evaluated, have your legal rights protected and ensure that present and future medical, economic, pain and suffering and related pedestrian accident damages are determined as justly as possible. However, if a loved one has died from a pedestrian accident, the Law Offices of Shane Smith will let you speak with a wrongful death attorney for a free legal consultation. If a loved one has been killed due to a negligent vehicle operator, you can seek justice on your family member’s behalf. In addition to the medical bills, pain and suffering and related damages an injured pedestrian can seek, additional damages a family member can seek on behalf of their deceased family member includes:
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of one’s spouse and/or family member
- Value of the inherent enjoyment of living
Since losing a spouse, especially due to negligence from a motor vehicle operator when your loved one was an innocent bystander, is an emotional experience, it is best to let a wrongful death attorney review your individual circumstances. You will be able to get an objective and thorough assessment of your wrongful death claim with a wrongful death attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.