Pedestrians remain at significant risk of injury or fatalities in Atlanta car accidents. The Governors’ Highway Safety Association recently released a troubling new report indicating that the death rate of pedestrians remained almost unchanged nationwide in 2014 as compared with 2013. While the report is based on preliminary data, it is still bad news for pedestrians considering there were significantly more walkers killed on the roads in 2013 than there were just a few years ago.
Pedestrians are at risk for a lot of reasons, including the fact that most roads are still designed primarily for the convenience of drivers. Efforts to make roads more pedestrian and bike friendly are underway, but there is still a need for significant improvement.
Another big issue, however, is that drivers remain unsure how to safely share the road with people who are walking. Drivers need to take responsibility for paying attention to the road, looking for pedestrians, and driving in a reasonably careful way to keep walkers safe. If a pedestrian is killed because of a driver’s failure to be reasonably careful, an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide assistance to the deceased’s family members in pursuing a wrongful death claim.
Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Death Toll Remains High
In 2013, there were around 15 percent more pedestrians killed in car crashes than there were in the year 2009. There were a total of 2,141 pedestrians who lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions during the first six months of 2013. Preliminary data has been provided for 2014 deaths from Washington D.C. and all 50 states, and this data indicates that around 2,125 people were killed in the first half of 2014. This means that close to as many pedestrian deaths occurred in 2014 despite efforts that are underway nationwide to try to save lives.
The fact that progress is not being made on reducing fatalities among pedestrians is troubling to the GHSA Executive Director, who commented that the GHSA’s goal is to bring the number of deaths down to zero. A former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also lamented the slow progress on reducing the number of deaths among pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents.
There has been some progress when looking at the long-term picture. In 1975, there were 7,516 pedestrians killed over the year as compared with 4,735 deaths during the whole of 2013. However, when comparing the percent of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes, the decline actually does not seem very significant. The rate of pedestrians killed in all car crashes was 17 percent in the 1970s and early in the 1980’s. In 2013, it was 14 percent.
Clearly, much more needs to be done since it has taken decades to even achieve this slight decline. Some states have increased their outreach efforts to educate the public on pedestrian safety while other government authorities are focused on changing road design to make the roads a safer place for people who opt to walk. Unfortunately, improvements are slow and the death rate will continue to be high until every motorist makes a commitment to be safe behind the wheel. If drivers don’t make the choice to watch for pedestrians and exercise reasonable care, pedestrian accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. are here to help you hold them accountable.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after a pedestrian accident injury. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.