While walking can help reduce your risk for diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, walking can also present other types of risks. Although walking can reduce your health risks, it can also increase your risk for being in a Roswell, Georgia pedestrian accident and suffering serious injuries.
Just How Big Are the Risks?
In 2008, there were a total of 2,371 pedestrian accidents in Georgia that resulted in 1,881 injuries, which ranged from minor to very serious injuries. Sadly, 146 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicle crashes, which accounted for ten percent of all motor vehicle fatalities during that year, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia.
In 2010, approximately 70,000 pedestrians were injured and 4,280 pedestrians were killed throughout the United States. Sadly, these statistics translate into one person dying in a pedestrian accident every two hours and a pedestrian being injured every eight minutes across this nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than a passenger to be killed in a car crash.
Who Is Most at Risk?
A victim of a pedestrian accident in Fulton County, or anywhere in Georgia, and throughout this nation could be anyone. However, there are certain people who are more likely to be in pedestrian crashes and others who are more at risk of dying in pedestrian accidents including:
- Males. While females are injured and killed in pedestrian accidents too, but males are involved in way more Georgia pedestrian crashes than females.
- People between the ages of 25–34. According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, pedestrians between the ages of 25–34 are more likely to be in Georgia pedestrian crashes.
- Older adults. Pedestrians ages 55 and older tended to suffer the most severe injuries and pedestrian deaths in Georgia than any other age group.
- Children. Because they are smaller in size, drivers have a difficult time seeing children in the road. According to the CDC, nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in nationwide traffic crashes was a pedestrian.
Why Fulton County Pedestrians Need to Know About the Risks
From 2000 to 2004, fatal pedestrian crashes across this nation declined; however, the Atlanta metropolitan area did not experience the same drop. In fact, during those years, the pedestrian fatality rate for males, Hispanics, and those in the 15–34 and 35–54 age groups were higher in Atlanta than in the nation, according to the CDC. Now, pedestrian risks are expected to be higher due to urban sprawl.
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, or if your loved one has been killed in a tragic Georgia car and pedestrian crash, please give the Law Offices of Shane Smith a call at 770.487.8999. A knowledgeable Fulton County pedestrian injury lawyer can speak with you today in a free consultation to help you understand your rights.