GHSA Report: Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise in Georgia
GEORGIA – According to an online news report published at ajc.com, pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in the state of Georgia. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released data earlier this year that shows pedestrian deaths in Georgia were far higher in the first part of 2018 than in the first part of 2017.
Based on a report from GHSA, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in Georgia was almost one-third higher in the first six months of 2018 than in the first six months of 2017. More than 130 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents during this time period in 2018, which was a 32 percent increase from the previous year. This figure also was far higher than the average for the country.
Safety experts have not identified individual reasons for the increase in Georgia. However, the state’s growing population and strong economy could mean more people on the roadways — both in vehicles and on foot. Suburban areas, such as those surrounding Atlanta, can be particularly dangerous to pedestrians. Drivers tend to be traveling at higher speeds, and they are not as watchful for pedestrians crossing roadways as drivers in downtown areas with lower speed limits.
But Georgia was not alone in seeing a rise in pedestrian fatalities in 2018. Across the United States, according to GHSA, pedestrian deaths were up three percent during the first half of 2018. Several other states saw large increases.
“The alarm bells continue to sound on this issue,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of GHSA. “It’s clear we need to fortify our collective efforts to protect pedestrians and reverse the trend.”
GHSA stated in its report that on a national level, several factors could be contributing to more pedestrian fatalities, such as distracted driving and more trucks and SUVs on the roads.
Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes. To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.
* This blog is intended to provide the public with news concerning serious automobile accidents and related stories. Although we are receiving this information from news organizations, initial reports may be different from conclusions reached by law enforcement personnel and other organizations, upon further investigation. Therefore, the accuracy of the content is not guaranteed. The information published here is based on information that has already been reported by a news organization, or other sources, and we cannot and do not assume responsibility for its accuracy. The source that we utilized at the time is provided above. If this posting pertains to you or your family and you do not wish for it to be on our website, please email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to remove it, but when doing so, please include a link to the the article that you wish to be taken down.