Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents at Night in Georgia


July 30, 2017

The pedestrian accident and injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been representing pedestrians struck by motor vehicles for over 33 years. Our attorneys have seen the devastating consequences of careless or inattentive drivers who plow into those walking, jogging or crossing the street in Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia.

It is perhaps not surprising that this pedestrian accident occurred at night. The prevalence of all types of motor vehicle accidents is greater at night when vision is hindered by darkness. A report by researchers at the University of Michigan found that motor vehicle accidents of all types are three times more likely per mile traveled at night and that pedestrian accidents are the most prevalent.

The University of Michigan study provides substantial insight about the impact of reduced lighting conditions on nighttime pedestrian accidents. The study considered the impact of different levels of ambient light on pedestrian accident rates. Conclusions of the study were that pedestrian accidents are 22 percent greater during nights with a new moon as opposed to nights with a full moon. The researchers determined that the amount of ambient light at night has a significant impact on the number of pedestrian accidents.

While the findings of the study are hardly surprising, it shows the importance of being aware of lighting conditions when bicycling, walking or jogging at night. While it is obviously preferable to avoid walking at night especially in areas with poor lighting or little ambient lighting, sometimes walking at night may be unavoidable. Pedestrians can reduce the risk of walking at night by sticking to routes with more lighting. There are also other measures that pedestrians can take to avoid being involved in a pedestrian accident at night, including:

  • Wear bright colored clothing
  • Cross the street only at intersections controlled by traffic signals
  • Use reflective gear that makes you more visible
  • Stay on sidewalks as opposed to the side or shoulder of the roadway
  • Do not cross in the middle of a block where drivers are not expecting pedestrians in the roadway

A pedestrian accident can easily result in horrific and debilitating injuries that may permanently impact a pedestrian accident victim’s life. If you or a loved one is involved in an Atlanta pedestrian accident, you should seek the advice and guidance of an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Georgia who can assess your right to financial compensation for your injuries. 

Our Georgia pedestrian 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.

Sources:
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MDOT_Research_Report_RC1572_Part2_387424_7.pdf

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