Injured? Dial #WIN or #946 from your cellphone for your free consultation or call 1-800-LAW-NEED.
Call Us 24/7
( 1-800-529-6333 )

Top Causes of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Atlanta

October 31, 2015

With business booming in Atlanta and other neighboring cities, people are flocking to the area. This does not mean just more cars and bikes on the road, but also more pedestrians. Although walking can be a great form of exercise and helps to reduce your impact on the environment, it can also pose some risks. Careless or distracted drivers can easily cause accidents that leave pedestrians seriously injured.

Smart Growth America released a report concerning pedestrian accidents last year. It revealed that between the years of 2003 and 2012, over 1,500 pedestrians were killed while walking in Georgia. The state was the fifth most dangerous state for pedestrians nationally. In fact, Atlanta was the site of the most pedestrian fatalities, with over 839 deaths. Most pedestrian deaths occurred on arterial roads, which are often designed to maximize the flow of traffic, but not for pedestrian safety.

In light of these alarming statistics, it is important that Atlanta residents understand the causes of pedestrian accidents so that they can stay safe:

  1. Distracted driving: Distracted driving is thought to be the number one factor behind the rise in the number of pedestrian accidents. It can be caused by cell phone use, texting, eating, drinking, playing with the radio, using your GPS, and any other activity that draws your eyes and attention away from the road. Distracted drivers, especially those driving through busy urban cities with many pedestrians, might not see pedestrians crossing and the results can be catastrophic.
  2. Distracted walkers: Distraction can also prove dangerous for pedestrians themselves. Pedestrians today often walk with headphones in and might be looking down at their cell phones. They could walk out into the road when it is not safe to cross or might not see a light change that warn them not to cross. Thus, walkers and drivers alike need to pay attention to the road ahead to prevent pedestrian accidents.
  3. Dangerous roadways: Roadway design can also contribute greatly to pedestrian accidents. Some roadways and intersections have been the site of several pedestrian accidents and this is no coincidence. Roadways that lack sufficient crosswalks, do not have crosswalk symbols, provide inadequate sidewalks for pedestrians or do not have enough visibility for vehicles can all contribute to pedestrian accidents. Cities need to closely examine their streets to ensure they are designed with pedestrian safety in mind.

If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a licensed pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will examine your case and determine whether you are eligible for compensation.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 37 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

If you have been injured in pedestrian accident, contact the Georgia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured in all manner of traffic accidents across Georgia and in the Southeast and we bring over 37 years of experience to your car accident case, providing you with the compassionate representation you need to protect your rights. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Auto Accidents

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.