Pedestrian and bicycle traffic continues to increase and with it comes an increase in accidents. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia provides statistics regarding traffic accidents and fatalities. The number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities has been increasing steadily with an overall increase of more than 50 percent over the last decade. Most of the accidents that involve pedestrians and bicycles occur in urban areas. Some areas are more congested and dangerous than others. About 70 percent of fatalities and 40 percent of injuries occur on only about six percent of Atlanta’s roadways.
Atlanta Regional Bike-Ped Safety Plan
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) implemented a plan called “Safe Streets for Walking & Bicycling.” It includes both short and long-term actions for reducing the number of traffic fatalities in Atlanta. The plan is designed to meet a goal of zero fatalities by 2030. The plan uses data-driven solutions and strategies for action as well as evaluation and research. The short-term strategy is a focus on the regional funding of projects that will improve road designs for pedestrians and bicycles.
The medium-term focus is on the support of further transportation development projects that use the safe system approach for improved safety. The long-term focus is on an overall approach that will help make important decisions regarding traffic safety and land use, and which will utilize the latest technology to improve safety. The plan was created to address the growing concerns of pedestrians and bicycles in metropolitan Atlanta.
Common Injuries in Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
When a motor vehicle collides with someone on foot or on a bicycle or skateboard, the consequences are often dire. Those on foot have no protection, and even wearing a helmet cannot provide complete protection from being hit by a vehicle. Injuries that may occur include contusions and lacerations, broken bones, back injuries, head and neck trauma, and internal injuries. Some of the injuries may be life-threatening and could leave the victim permanently disabled.
The faster a vehicle is traveling when an impact occurs, the more likely there is to be a fatality. Even an impact that occurs when a vehicle is traveling less than 35 mph can have deadly results. Further, pedestrians and bicyclists can be thrown into the air and land many feet away. Some accidents happen at crosswalks while other times the victim is hit when the vehicle tries to pass or fails to see a bicyclist on the side of the lane.
What to Do Following a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents can cause devastating injuries. You may not immediately realize that you are hurt and you may be in shock. It is important to seek medical treatment immediately following an accident. Severe head trauma must be treated very quickly, or the condition will worsen. Contact an Atlanta car accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will handle all of the legal aspects of your case so that you can concentrate on your recovery. You may be owed compensation for your injuries, as well as money for pain and suffering, and lost wages from the negligent party.
Contact The Bader Law Firm to learn how we can help you get the money you deserve after a serious accident in Atlanta.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.