Vehicle-pedestrian accidents resulting in injury or death are a persistent and growing problem in the Peach State. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), more than 17,300 crashes involving vehicles and pedestrians were reported from 2011 to 2015, accounting for roughly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities for that period.
The GDOT developed the Pedestrian Action Safety Plan (PSAP) in an attempt to improve public safety and, in doing so, they found that the roads where most pedestrian accidents occur share a number of commonalities. Here are just a few of the things these roads have in common:
- Posted speed limits of 40 mph or greater
- Car-oriented, mixed-use roadways
- Infrequent opportunities for pedestrians to cross the road safely
- Five or more lanes of traffic
- Transit routes
- State-owned arterial roads
- Located in urbanized areas
Additionally, the majority of fatal pedestrian-vehicle crashes studied occurred:
- At night
- In dark, unlighted areas
- In non-intersection locations
- When pedestrians were crossing—or waiting to cross—a roadway
Seeking Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries or Fatalities
If you were hurt—or lost a loved one—in a pedestrian crash caused by another person's or company's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to recover for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and other losses.
However, obtaining a fair settlement or financial award in personal injury cases is rarely simple. In fact, the greater your injuries and damages, the harder you can expect the at-fault party and their insurer (or defense team) to fight against paying you. Fortunately, an experienced injury lawyer can help.
Talk to Us About Your Case
At Rechtman & Spevak, our experienced Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys can investigate your crash and build a strong case for damages. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation. Don't wait—the time to file your claim is limited.