For years, public health officials have extolled the benefits of walking, and in communities throughout the United States, more and more people are walking now – for fun, for exercise, or to get to places in their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, as more people hit the streets on foot, the rate of U.S. pedestrian accidents continues to rise, especially in Georgia, which ranked among the list of southern states where pedestrians are more likely to be injured or killed in accidents, according to a new report issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition. If you have suffered injuries in a Georgia pedestrian accident, contact our pedestrian accident lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today to explore your possible compensation options.
Georgia Streets Dangerous for Pedestrians
According to the National Complete Streets Coalition report, Georgia roadways are very dangerous for people on foot, especially roads in Columbus, Atlanta and Macon, where per capita pedestrian deaths were found to be highest. For example, in 2013, nine pedestrians were killed by vehicles within the former city limits of Macon, and between 2003 and 2012, 839 people were killed while walking in the Atlanta-Marietta-Sandy Springs region, out of 1,564 total pedestrian deaths in Georgia during the same 10-year period. Based on these statistics, Atlanta was ranked eighth among the most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians in the entire country.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries, Fatalities
The National Complete Streets Coalition was developed by Smart Growth America, an organization that advocates for safer and more walker-friendly community planning and development. Smart Growth’s Dangerous by Design report analyzes traffic accident deaths and pedestrian fatality rates to calculate the “Pedestrian Danger Index,” which is determined by the percentage of residents who commute by foot and the number of total pedestrian accident deaths. According to the latest report, pedestrians are at an increased risk of being injured or dying in accidents if they live in Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida or Alabama.
Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Can Help
Between 2003 and 2012, the annual mortality rate for pedestrians in Georgia was calculated at 1.67 per 100,000, compared to a national rate of 1.56 per 100,000, and more than half of Georgia’s pedestrian fatalities during that time occurred in metro Atlanta. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, consult our reputable pedestrian accident attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.