According to a new study, Georgia falls to the bottom of the list in terms of guarding pedestrians from severe or fatal injuries in automobile accidents. The study, which was conducted by the National Complete Streets Coalition, found that a handful of states account for the highest numbers of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. after analyzing more than 47,000 fatalities occurring over a 10-year period. When researchers completed their analysis of the data, they found that some states had a less-than-stellar record in both ensuring the safety of their pedestrians and preventing the number of auto-related accidents.
Study: Georgia Has a Poor Record of Keeping Pedestrians Safe
Researchers established what they referred to as a “Pedestrian Danger Index,” which calculated the number of deaths in relation to how many pedestrians are on the street at any given time. The study found that some states such as New York and the city of Washington, D.C. had lower rates of pedestrian fatalities.
On the other hand, pedestrians were at an increased risk of sustaining injuries or dying in accidents if they lived in Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, or Alabama. According to the study, pedestrians in the following southern cities were more likely to be hurt or killed in accidents:
- Tampa-St. Petersburg
- Metro Orlando
It is not a coincidence that these cities tend to be auto-centric areas because neighborhoods often have wide streets and may encourage drivers to travel at high speeds. These conditions, combined with the possibility of driver fatigue, driving under the influence, or driving while distracted, may make walking or crossing streets particularly dangerous for pedestrians.
Between 2003 and 2012, there were 839 pedestrian fatalities in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta region, resulting in an annual rate of 1.59 deaths for every 100,000 residents. According to the study, the PDI fell at 119.35, compared to 244 in the Orlando region. The data pertaining to Orlando is particularly troublesome as it is the location of the Disney World theme park and resort that draw thousands of families to the area each year.
Researchers also noted that certain types of pedestrians were more likely to become involved in an accident, including the elderly and children. Additionally, individuals that walk to their jobs each day may be more likely to be struck by a car as they are continuously on the sidewalks or crossing streets.
Do You Have Questions about Pedestrian Injuries or Fatalities?
Contact Van Sant Law, LLC today if you or someone you love sustained an injury or was struck by a vehicle; you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Additionally, we can help you determine if you have a valid wrongful death case if you are filing a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who was killed due to the fault or negligence of another. The time to file a claim in Georgia is limited, so it is important to call us at (678) 679-6710 as soon as you feel as though you may have a valid case.