Atlanta Pedestrian Hit on Downtown Connector
On July 17, a man was hit by a car while walking on the Downtown Connector, according to myfoxatlanta.com. Atlanta police are currently investigating the accident that occurred during the afternoon hours in the northbound lanes. Video of the accident depicts fire trucks, EMS, and police blocking lanes as they attempted to reach the victim and secure the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital with scrapes and bruises. He is thankfully expected to make a full recovery. The accident remains under investigation and it is unclear what caused this pedestrian crash.
Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety
It is important that you follow some safety tips while walking on roadways. This includes exercising great caution when using crosswalks or crossing at intersections as well as improving your visibility when walking at night by using reflective clothing and using a flashlight.
Pedestrians are among the most at risk road users. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 455 people each day are treated in emergency rooms for traffic related pedestrian accidents. Every two hours, one pedestrian will die due to injuries sustained in a collision. More than 4,700 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2012 and some 75,000 more were injured.
Anyone can become a victim of a pedestrian accident, but some people are considered to be more at risk. Male pedestrians are more likely to die or be injured in accidents than females. Teens and young adults are more likely to need treatment in the emergency room than any other age group. The rate of death associated with pedestrian accidents increased with age, but children are especially at risk due to their size and inexperience with traffic safety rules.
It is imperative that all walkers keep a few vital safety tips in mind:
- Cross, whenever possible, in a designated crosswalk or intersection
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible and if one is not available, walk on the shoulder facing traffic
- Increase your visibility when traveling at night by wearing reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight
Children require some additional safety measures. It is critical that parents or guardians pay close attention to children when walking near roads or in parking lots. Hold the hands of all young children and instill from a young age the importance of following basic walking safety tips. Teach children to never run in parking lots or near roads, and to always check for cars before crossing at sidewalks or intersections.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 35 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
We hope our pedestrian safety tips can help keep you and your family safe while walking near roads. If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident, contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm accepts pedestrian accident cases across Georgia and in the Southeast and have been handling such cases for over thirty years. We strive to provide superior legal services catered to your individual needs. Prompt action is vital to the success of your pedestrian accident claim. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as your time to file a personal injury claim after your accident is limited.
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