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Pedestrian Deaths Rise in 2018 in Georgia

December 13, 2019

GEORGIA - Pedestrians are dying in record-breaking numbers in the United States, according to PATCH.COM. The number of pedestrians killed in the country hit the highest number in 28 years in 2018, since 1990.  Georgia saw an increase in 32 pedestrian fatalities from 2017 to 2018.  However, pedestrians are not dying in higher numbers in every state. In fact, 23 states saw a decline in pedestrian deaths, and two states had the same number of pedestrian fatalities in 2018 and in 2017. Nevertheless, there has been a nationwide increase of 4% in tragic pedestrian fatalities.*

Only five states, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Texas, have accounted for almost half of all of the pedestrian deaths for the first six months of 2018.  The reason so many pedestrians are dying cannot be pinpointed to one specific issue. 

Population growth may be a factor. There could be more people choosing to walk than before, which could mean more people are on the road alongside vehicles. A widely held theory is that the problem lies at least in part, in the larger vehicles that Americans choose to drive. Light trucks or sport utility vehicles are heavier and bigger than sedans causing a more severe pedestrian impact in a collision.  Smartphone-related distractions may also be another factor playing a role in the increase of pedestrian fatalities.

It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education.  Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway.  Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries.  To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting

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