Some of the most common types of accidents that result in serious injuries
involve motor vehicles. These types of incidents include more than just
multiple-vehicle crashes, however. Perhaps even more dangerous are motor
vehicle crashes that involve pedestrians. In 2011 alone, 14 percent of
traffic fatalities were pedestrians. Two out of three of those were struck
at non-intersections and 3/4 occurred in urban locations. A person’s
body simply cannot handle being hit by such a large and heavy object without
experiencing significant injuries. Unfortunately, these injuries often
times lead to death.
Many people don’t understand the significance of pedestrian accident
education. This is because they fail to realize that they themselves have
been pedestrians. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in time. Pedestrians
can include people walking along sidewalks or roadways, jogging or running,
crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, and even bicyclists. Statistics
show that a pedestrian will be injured every eight minutes and killed
every two hours in a motor vehicle crash. Our goal is to lower those numbers
by educating Georgians on safe practices as a pedestrian.
Pedestrian-automobile crashes are often blamed on the drivers of the motor
vehicle(s) involved in the accident. Sometimes, however, it is the fault
of the pedestrian that causes a crash. Pedestrians have a responsibility
to keep themselves safe, just as motor vehicle operators do. In 2011,
one-third of the pedestrians who lost their lives in a crash were drunk.
Studies have also shown that pedestrians tend to become distracted on
their cell phones or other electronic devices while traveling along roadways.
It is your responsibility as a pedestrian to pay attention and not travel
while intoxicated so that your errors do not cause an accident.
In the past few years, the NHTSA has granted multiple grants across the
United States towards increasing pedestrian safety. Busy roadways were
made safer for pedestrians, law enforcement was increased, and education
strategies were improved so that fewer citizens would be involved in pedestrian
accidents. Helpful tips to keep in mind while traveling as a pedestrian
can be found at
The award-winning attorneys at Jones & Swanson have represented victims
of pedestrian accidents when the motor vehicle driver was at-fault. We
understand what it takes to prove negligence in a
pedestrian accident and offer free consultations so that you can determine whether you have
a legal claim. For more information, call (770) 427-5498.