The number of pedestrians that are involved in accidents has been increasing across the nation for the last several years. Unfortunately, when a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, it often results in serious injuries or fatalities. The speed a vehicle is traveling when it hits a pedestrian is the biggest factor in the seriousness of the injuries. Low-speed impacts are less likely to cause death, but they may still cause serious injuries such as head trauma, back injuries and broken bones. If you were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident you should seek assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney in Atlanta.
Pedestrian Accidents – The Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the latest data on fatal car accidents in 2016. The NHTSA collects data from all 50 states and District of Columbia to compile information that is released annually. This latest report indicates that the total number of fatalities on the nation’s roadways increased 5.6 percent over 2015, with 37,461 deaths. While the number of deaths due to distracted and drowsy driving decreased, the number of fatalities caused by other reckless behaviors such as speeding, alcohol impairment and failure to wear seat restraints increased.
The number of pedestrian fatalities rose to a level that has not been seen since 1990. In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians died, which is an increase of nine percent over the previous year. Motorcyclist deaths also increased. Together, motorcyclist and pedestrian fatalities accounted for more than one-third of the year’s increase in deaths over 2015. The largest number of pedestrian deaths occurred in cities rather than rural locations.
Reduce the Risk of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians may be at a higher risk for accidents if they are distracted. In fact, distracted walking is starting to become a serious concern, particularly in largely populated cities. The best way to reduce your risk of being hit by a vehicle is to pay attention and be aware of your surroundings and the things that are happening around you. The use of smartphones, texting and listening to music can all cause decreased awareness.
Pedestrians could be found to be partly or fully responsible for an accident if they were distracted. For example, if you are not paying attention and walk out into the street in front of a vehicle while the “do not walk” sign is illuminated you could be at least partially at fault. In Georgia, each party involved in an accident is ascribed a portion of fault. Your compensation could be decreased if you are found to be at fault for the crash.
Pedestrian Accident Personal Injury Claims
It is essential to speak with a qualified Atlanta personal injury attorney immediately following an accident with injuries. Your attorney will examine what occurred and assist you in making a claim when necessary. You may be entitled to compensation for all of your medical expenses, ongoing care and rehabilitation as well as lost wages and money for pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident do not hesitate to discuss the case with the skilled attorneys at Bader Law Firm, LLC. We have the experience necessary to handle your claim, represent your interests and obtain a settlement that you deserve for your injuries. Contact Bader Law Firm, LLC today to schedule a consultation.