Fatal Accidents Have Increased to 16% This Year in Georgia


June 10, 2018

June 5, 2018 (ajc.com).  According to an online report from ajc.com, while distracted driving is the usual culprit for accidents across the State of Georgia, but as pedestrian deaths are beginning to increase, other factors are being looked into by transportation experts to hopefully reduce the number of fatalities.*

Per the report, “111 pedestrians have been killed on state roads, according to Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) preliminary numbers, an increase of 16 percent from this time last year. In 2017, 260 pedestrians were struck and killed around the state.” 

The leading counties for the most deaths involving pedestrians are Fulton and DeKalb, per the United States Department of Transportation. 

Why are there so many accidents?

According to two studies released this past spring, the number of pedestrian deaths (which include hit and run accidents) are climbing both nationally and in Georgia.

Last year in Georgia, “260 pedestrians were killed on state roads, up from 232 in 2016. And the 260 deaths last year was double the number killed in 2011, according to GDOT.” 

On a national level, “pedestrian crash deaths have increased 46 percent since their low point in 2009 and account for 16 percent of crash fatalities, according to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).” 

Per the IIHS, the most common factors in pedestrian accidents are as follows:

  • They occur in urban and suburban areas
  • The pedestrian does did not use an intersection to cross the road
  • The vehicle involved was an SUV or high horsepower automobile
  • The pedestrian failed to use a crosswalk when one is available 
  • The pedestrian or the driver was impaired or distracted

Put Our Law Firm's Over 34 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-four years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours 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 www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.

Sources: cited within

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law

17 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: 1 (800) LAW-NEED
Telephone: 1 (404) 529-6333

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.