Use Services of Our Experienced Georgia Accident Lawyers in Cases Involving Pedestrian Injuries or a Fatality


December 16, 2011

Compared to the previous year, the cases of pedestrian fatalities went up by almost 4% since 2010. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were almost 70,000 cases of pedestrian injuries caused by motor vehicles. The rate of of these auto-pedestrian accidents has been sharply climbing in recent years.

Safety experts who study pedestrian safety issues for various government and private organizations are puzzled by the increased rate of pedestrian fatalities. Even though there has not been a comprehensive study on the subject of auto-pedestrian accident, the data confirms that there is an increased risk for injury when walking or biking along U.S. roadways.

Here are a few of the explanations that have been offered that could lead to a better understanding of why fatal pedestrian accidents are becoming more prevelant:

  • Road Design - Very few roads are designed for the convenience of pedestrians. Most road designs are designed to allow the vehicles to drive at a higher rate of speed. This requires the construction of the road to widen and this is not safe for pedestrians to cross.
  • Increased Pedestrian Traffic - The number of people choosing greener and more eco-friendly travel options such as biking or walking has been increasing. However, the increase in the number of pedestrians on the road is resulting in an increase of pedestrian accidents.
  • Economic Downturn - Because of the economic downturn, many families are choosing to live in suburban areas. In the suburbs, people are within walking or biking distance to many establishments. Since most shopping areas were designed for vehicle traffic, these shopping areas are considerably dangerous for a pedestrian to access.
  • Mobile Devices - Cell phone and other small mobile devices are commonly used while walking, biking or driving. Individuals using their devices become engrossed in either the conversation or the audio. This often results in pedestrians walking into traffic. Mobile devices are also responsible for a large percentage of distracted driver accidents.

Studies for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that pedestrians using cell phones are considerably more vulnerable to an accident as compared to individuals who do not use mobile devices while walking or crossing a street. While detailed data concerning mobile device usage and accidents is usually not readily available, most safety experts agree there has been a significant increase in the number of pedestrian deaths caused by cell phone usage.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in an Atlanta pedestrian accident or someone close to you dies, our experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyers are available to provide an initial case evaluation and to answer your questions. Our Atlanta auto accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, 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 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 www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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