Nationwide, there was a 10 percent increase in pedestrian accident fatalities between 2014 and 2015. Governors Highway Safety Association reported on this troubling increase in the number of pedestrians who died in car accidents. GHSA also indicated pedestrian deaths rose to 15 percent of all fatalities in car accidents in 2014 and 2015, compared with just 11 percent in 2005 to 2007. Prior to those past two years, it had been 25 years since pedestrians accounts for 15 percent of people killed in car crashes.
As the number of pedestrians killed in collisions rises, cities like Atlanta are taking steps to try to reduce the number of deaths. The federal government is also providing support and funding. With this funding, new projects can be undertaken to provide safer spaces for pedestrians.
However, it will still remain the responsibility of drivers to avoid taking actions which could cause pedestrian deaths. If a motorist does cause a pedestrian fatality to occur, an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer should be consulted for help as soon as possible.