GA Pedestrian Accidents Causing Serious Injuries, Fatalities

Posted on Nov 03, 2014

Pedestrian accidents in Georgia are typically a bigger concern during the summer months, when the warm weather brings out GA residents in droves to walk or ride bicycles, rather than travel by car. However, a rash of pedestrian accidents have taken place Georgia metro areas like Savannah, Atlanta and Columbus recently, and in other areas of the state, including Richmond County. If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident in Georgia, or if you lost a loved one in a GA pedestrian accident, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the person found at fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.

Pedestrian Accidents Across Georgia

On October 16, a female pedestrian was struck by a school bus near the intersection of West Jones and West Boundary Streets in Savannah, Georgia, in the vicinity of Garrison Elementary School and Savannah College of Art and Design student housing. The victim of the GA pedestrian accident was a college student, according to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Julian Miller, and she was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries following the accident.

Just two weeks later, another student was struck by a vehicle while walking to school in North Columbus, GA, and police say the driver of the car that struck the high school student, identified as Britt Schaaf, was only 16 years old. Schaaf, a freshman and member of the baseball team at Shaw High School in Columbus, was reportedly transferred to the intensive care unit at an area hospital in unsatisfactory condition.

On October 29, a teenage girl was struck by a vehicle in a northeast Atlanta pedestrian accident that took place shortly before 8 a.m., at the intersection of Cheshire Bridge and Lavista roads in Atlanta. According to police, the 16-year-old student ran out in front of the car that struck her while trying to catch a bus, and after the accident, she was taken to a nearby hospital with a broken ankle.

Just today, one lane of Old McDuffie Road in Richmond County, Georgia was blocked off following an accident in which a pedestrian walking down Old McDuffie was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Kenny Road. EMS and officers responded to the Georgia pedestrian accident just before 5:15 a.m., and less than two hours later, another Richmond County pedestrian accident was reported in the area of Metcalf Street and Fenwick Street.

Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help

Although there were thankfully no fatalities reported in connection with these incidents – only injuries – pedestrian accidents as a whole account for hundreds of fatalities in Georgia every year. In 2010 alone, there were 168 pedestrian accident deaths in GA, a significant increase from 152 fatalities in 2009 and 146 in 2008. In light of this alarming trend, our pedestrian accident lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak would like to encourage pedestrians to practice extra safety while walking on Georgia roadways, and are asking drivers across the state to keep an eye out for pedestrians on roadways and in crosswalks. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, consult our experienced personal injury lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today to explore your compensation options.

Jaret A. Spevak
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