Georgia Pedestrian Accidents Caused by Speeding Past Stopped Vehicles


September 04, 2018

Walkers are in Danger on Georgia Roads

The frequency of pedestrian fatalities is rising in the United Statesand Georgia as well. According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, 193 pedestrians died in collisions with motor vehicles in 2015. The statistic represents an increase of 30 pedestrian deaths from 2014. Georgia pedestrians did not fare any better in 2016. In 2016, 232 pedestrians died in motor vehicle crashes. In 2017, 260 pedestrians perished in motor vehicle collisions. Approximately half-way through 2018, 111 pedestrians have been killed in vehicle wrecks,which is a 16% increase from 2017 at this same time.

Understanding Why Pedestrians Face Unreasonable Risks 

Pedestrians must be aware that they are in danger when walking in Georgia. However, even those pedestrians who are alert, obey the traffic laws and are not intoxicated remain vulnerable. According to analysis conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), several characteristics emerged from analyzing the data. The IIHS found that pedestrians accidents were more likely to occur:

  • At non-intersections,
  • At night,
  • In urban and suburban areas,
  • On arterial roads, which are roads which lead to on-ramps for highways and interstates, and
  • When driving SUV's due to their higher profile and higher horsepower vehicles, suggesting speed and weight of the car plays a dominant role indetermining whether a person could survive the crash.

The increased height and weight of vehicles make emergency stopping almost impossible. Distracted drivers and intoxicated drivers also contribute significantly to the rising death rates for pedestrians on Georgia's roads.

What to do if a Loved One is Struck Crossing the Street in Georgia?

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has successfully represented hundreds of families whose lives were ruined when an negligent driver. Our office takes these cases very seriously: we treat each case as if it was our own. Taking on difficult pedestrian collision cases with that philosophy helps us provide high-quality representation to each client. Our pedestrian accident lawyers fight hard on behalf of each client in order to maximize their financial recoveries under the law. 

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If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-four years, 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.

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Sources:

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/on-foot-at-risk-study-highlights-rising-pedestrian-deaths-points-toward-solutions
https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/fatal-wrecks-involving-pedestrians-georgia-this-year/VQ6HjAtvZv4Ch7HlrubJEL/
https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/pedestrian-statistics/
https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

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