Georgia is one of the Deadliest States in the Country for Pedestrians
It’s common knowledge that big cities like Atlanta and smaller places like Newnan are not pedestrian-friendly. We read about walkers being killed and injured regularly in Georgia. The Peach State is one of the deadliest in the country for pedestrians.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia states deadly pedestrian accidents in the state rose by 27 percent from 2007 to 2016. Georgia is listed as the 16th most deadly states for pedestrians in the country.
Fatal motor vehicle accidents fell by 16 percent over that time. The trend of rising pedestrian accidents is a nationwide one.
While traffic deaths fell from 2016 to 2017 in the United States, pedestrian deaths remained steady, states a 2018 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Elderly people and children face a particular risk on the roads of Georgia. Pedestrian accidents accounted for one in five of vehicle deaths to children aged 14 and under.
Our Georgia pedestrian accident lawyers are alarmed at these findings. Georgia has strict crosswalk laws that favor pedestrians. Sadly, motorists are violating these laws on a daily basis.
Outlining Georgia’s Crosswalk Laws
Pedestrians are protected on crosswalks. The right of way in Georgia crosswalks is outlined in § 40-6-91. Georgia law states motorists shall “stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within a crosswalk.”
The law is also relevant when a pedestrian is on half of the roadway the car, truck, or motorcycle is traveling on. This means all traffic lanes containing traffic in a given direction of travel.
Drivers who try to cut off or squeeze by a pedestrian may face a citation. They are also putting the pedestrian in danger.
When a driver stops for a pedestrian to cross in Georgia another driver cannot pass the stationary motorist.
The number of deaths and injuries to pedestrians is alarming. The situation is often worse in southern cities that were built around the needs of the driver. The National Transportation Safety Board’s Pedestrian Safety Forum in 2016 found that 16 pedestrians on average died every day in the United States, a rise from its 2016 estimate of 15 pedestrians per day.
California, Texas, and Florida see the highest number of pedestrian deaths. Fatal crashes involving walkers occur most often between 6 p.m. and midnight, and more often on Saturdays.
Pedestrians can play their part in staying safe crossing the roads. Always use crosswalks, never cross when the “don’t walk” sign is flashing and be alert. Avoid walking home if you are intoxicated. Take an Uber or a Lyft.
If you or a family member has been involved in a pedestrian accident, please call the Law Office of Michael West at (404) 913-1529.