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Statistics Show Rise in Fatal Georgia Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian fatalities stemming from accidents involving motor vehicles appear to be on the rise, both nationally and in Georgia. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths rose by 4.8 percent across the nation and by 14 percent in Georgia between 2019 and 2020. This might partly be due to changes in lifestyle caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the national trend of increasing pedestrian fatalities predates the virus by several years.

Pedestrians are particularly at risk when motorists are distracted. Individuals might be difficult to spot when the driver is focused on other things and only scanning the road for other vehicles. The danger increases if the driver is texting, using a cell phone, looking for an address, changing a radio station, daydreaming or otherwise failing to concentrate on their surroundings. Anything that causes drivers to take their eyes off the road and its immediate environment, their hands off the wheel or their minds off their driving can be tragic for someone who is walking.

Other problems can also result in vehicles striking pedestrians. Poor visibility due to weather conditions or obstructions may make it particularly difficult to see pedestrians. Speeding vehicles may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision. They also risk swerving off the road and may make it difficult for pedestrians to get out of the way. Motorists who fail to stop for red lights and stop signs may hit someone lawfully crossing the street.

While pedestrians should be safe by avoiding jaywalking, vehicle operators must remain aware of what’s happening and able to react quickly to unexpected situations. For example, a young pedestrian might lack the judgment and experience to understand the danger. They may suddenly run out into the street, directly into a car or truck’s path.

If pedestrians are in an area without sidewalks, everyone should be extra wary and walkers move as close to the curb as possible when any vehicle approaches. Pedestrians should cross the street only at intersections and designated crosswalks, wait until there are no drivers approaching quickly or closely enough to threaten them, and make sure that cross traffic has come to a complete stop before doing so.

Whatever the cause of a pedestrian accident, it can result in devastating injuries to a victim who is struck by a vehicle. At Jason & Bradley, LLC, located in Stone Mountain, we represent Georgia accident victims who have suffered serious injuries. If you need our help, call us at 404-297-9933 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.