ATLANTA, GA – According to an online news report published on AJC.COM, fatal pedestrian accidents in Georgia fell by 16 percent in the first half of 2019. This is good news considering the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in the United States has been steadily on the rise. Although this news is positive, some experts believe the decrease may only be a "blip," and the number of fatal accidents could still be rising in the state of Georgia. According to a report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 116 pedestrians were tragically killed in collisions with motor vehicles in Georgia during the first six months of 2019. This is down by over 135 for the first six months of 2018. Nationally, fatal pedestrian accidents increased by about 3 percent or 3,015 deaths during the same period.
In 2018, there was a sixteen percent increase when compared to data in 2017, per the Georgia Department of Transportation. In 2017, 260 pedestrians were hit and killed in the state of Georgia.