Paulding County Deputy Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Accident
Recently, a Paulding County deputy struck and killed a pedestrian while en route to a call, according to the Dallas-Hiram Patch. The victim was a 24 year old female who tragically passed away at Wellstar Paulding Hospital. She was crossing the highway near a bridge when the accident happened. Officials report that the deputy was en route to a low priority call and was traveling at normal speeds without his emergency equipment activated. The accident is currently being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.
Pedestrian Accident Facts
In light of the above, the following is a look at some alarming pedestrian accident statistics as published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2013, there were 4,735 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents.
- Pedestrians were killed by a truck or car on average every two hours and injured about every eight minutes.
- Pedestrian deaths in 2013, the latest year for which complete data is available, accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
- Approximately 26 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between the hours of six and nine p.m.
- One-fifth of children between the ages of zero to 14 years old killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians.
- In 2013, 92 percent of all pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were involved in single vehicle accidents.
- More than two-thirds of all pedestrian fatalities were males in 2013.
- Alcohol involvement, whether it be the driver or pedestrian, was reported in an astonishing 49 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents.
- One-fifth of all pedestrians killed in 2013 were involved in hit and run accidents.
Staying Safe While Walking
As a result of these disquieting statistics, the NHTSA offers the following pedestrian safety tips:
- Walk on a sidewalk or path whenever possible.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk on the shoulder facing traffic so that you can see if a car is approaching.
- Do not become distracted by electronic devices.
- Be cautious when walking, especially at night. Do not assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with a driver as he or she approaches.
- Always cross in crosswalks or intersections when possible.
- Avoid drugs or alcohol which can impair your perception, alertness, and judgment.
- If a crosswalk is not available, locate a well lit area and wait for a wide gap in traffic so that you can cross safely. Continue to watch for approaching traffic as you cross.
- Make yourself visible. Wear bright colored clothing during the day and reflective materials at night so that cars can readily see your approach.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to learn your rights against the person who hit you as well as what actions are necessary to protect those rights. Injured pedestrians can be eligible to file a claim against the person responsible.
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