According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, some 16% of all traffic fatalities that occur in the United States involve a pedestrian death. Sadly, that number is on the rise. Statistics show that nationwide, pedestrian fatalities have increased a whopping 46% since their all-time low in 2009. The state of Georgia’s pedestrian fatalities reflect this national trend.
Statistics from the Georgia Department of Transportation show that there were 260 pedestrians who died here in 2017, an increase from 232 pedestrian deaths in the previous year. What is even more astonishing is that the 2017 total of 260 pedestrian fatalities is exactly two times the number of pedestrians that were killed just six years prior in 2011.
The Governors Highway Safety Association released the annual Spotlight on Highway Safety report for 2018 and stated that the state’s fatality rate for pedestrians was 0.8 fatalities per 100,000 residents, making Georgia’s death rate for pedestrians the 16th highest in the entire United States. If you live in DeKalb or Fulton counties, you need to be extra cautious. According to statistics, over half of the pedestrian fatalities occurred in the Metro Atlanta area, which just happens to be the ninth largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
Common Causes of Traffic Accidents Involving Pedestrians
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, common contributors to pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
Contact an Attorney if Your Loved One Has Been the Victim of a Pedestrian Fatality
If you have lost a loved one due to a pedestrian accident in Georgia, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. The attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, a personal injury law firm, will review your situation and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.