Pedestrian Killed When Run Down in Marietta: Is Atlanta Unsafe for Pedestrians?


November 29, 2010

A pedestrian was run down and killed by a woman driving eastbound on South Marietta Parkway late Monday night. This latest pedestrian accident is a tragic wake up call to those who walk the roadways in the greater Atlanta area and elsewhere throughout Georgia. Atlanta has been rated amongst the ten most dangerous cities in the U.S. for pedestrians. Three pedestrians per day are struck by motor vehicles in just the Atlanta metro area counties.

Over sixty pedestrians are killed in collisions with motor vehicles and another thousand people are injured in car crashes in the Atlanta metro area annually. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those injured in pedestrian accidents for over 25 years in the greater Atlanta metro area and throughout Georgia.

The high number of pedestrian accidents in Atlanta are not a coincidence but a predictable result from the high volume of traffic, in addition to the design of Atlanta area roadways and the lack of priority put on spending to make the streets safe for pedestrians. Georgia spends only 1.7 percent of available federal transportation funds on pedestrian projects, though such accidents account for nearly 10 percent of all traffic fatalities. Atlanta spends only $2.39 per person per year on pedestrian projects. Most of the roadways in the Atlanta area are designed with motor vehicles in mind and may not provide adequate sidewalks or safe crossings for pedestrians. The number of pedestrian accidents that result in injuries and fatalities in the Atlanta metro area and throughout Georgia could be reduced significantly with more investment in sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic calming and other safety measures.

Pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles often suffer catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal organ damage, paralysis or even death. The human body is simply not designed to withstand the impact of thousands of pounds of metal moving at high rates of speed. Anytime a pedestrian shares the roadway with motor vehicles it creates a significant risk of serious injury. This risk is magnified when streets are designed without making pedestrian safety a priority.

Our experienced Georgia pedestrian auto accident attorneys 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 we 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.

Our attorneys and staff will work hard to protect your interests and get you the compensation you deserve.

Category: Personal Injury

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