The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan reports that has over 100 pedestrian fatalities per year. GDOT estimated that 2012 pedestrian deaths would likely exceed those in 2011.
Pedestrian accidents increased in 2010 even as auto accident fatalities decreased. There was a decrease in auto fatalities of almost 3 percent in 2010 compared to the prior year. Yet pedestrian fatalities increased by more than 4 percent.
Federal officials offered some theories about the vast discrepancy. Foremost was the increase in distracted walking where people focus their attention on hand-held devices like cell phones. Another theory was that more people are walking or biking to work than in the past.
There is little concrete data on pedestrian accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approximately 40 percent of all pedestrian accident deaths in 2009 were caused by drunk drivers. But there have been no published studies about the prevalence of pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrian accident victims may sustain injuries that are exacerbated by distracted drivers. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith and speak with a Clayton County pedestrian injury lawyer if you would like a free consultation.