In 2016, we saw an incredible and staggering increase in the number of pedestrian-related traffic deaths. Unfortunately, most accidents involving pedestrians and automobiles result in serious injuries or death to the person hit while walking or running. If you or someone that you care about is looking for a pedestrian accident lawyer, contact the pedestrian accident lawyers at The Sessions Law Firm today.
Throughout the nation and in Georgia, we are seeing an influx of people moving towards urban areas. However, in Georgia, we do not have appropriate infrastructure in many places to support the activities people typically undertake in urban areas. For example, it is much more common for people to walk to and from work and shopping locations in urban areas.
In Atlanta, many areas simply do not make adequate accommodations and make necessary safety improvements for walkers and bicycle riders. Our pedestrian accident lawyers know how to help if you or someone you care about has been struck by a motor vehicle.
WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND JUST HOW DANGEROUS OUR ROADS ARE FOR PEDESTRIANS.
Between 2005 and 2014, 46,149 pedestrians were hit and killed by motor vehicles. In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed by a motor vehicles. On average in 2014, 13 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles. Between 2005 and 2014, U.S. pedestrians were 7.2 times more likely to die as a pedestrian than from a natural disaster.
As a result of the lack of planning and accommodations, we frequently see accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles. As you would expect, the injuries resulting from an accident involving a person walking and a motor vehicle can be catastrophic. In order to ensure that you or someone that you care about is receives fair compensation after being struck by a vehicle, it is critical to have a qualified injury attorney that is committed to obtaining the very best result possible.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT MAKE IT MORE LIKELY FOR A PEDESTRIAN TO BE STRUCK?
Unquestionably, the leading problem for pedestrians on American roadways is the dangerous design of the streets and highways. American society, in general, is consumed with the idea of getting somewhere the quickest. However, the speed at which we permit vehicles to travel on our roads comes at a cost. That cost is injury and death to pedestrians attempting to walk on those roads.
HOW DOES GEORGIA RANK IN TERMS OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES?
Smart Growth America ranked Georgia as the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians. Between 2005 and 2014, there were 1,555 pedestrian fatalities in Georgia. The metro-Atlanta area ranked as the 26th most dangerous street for pedestrians in the United States.
THE PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYERS AT THE SESSIONS LAW FIRM CAN HELP YOU.
Many people ask us why they need a lawyer if they have been hit by a car while they were walking or running. This is a completely legitimate question. Many of these cases involve clear liability of the driver of the automobile and the catastrophic injuries to the pedestrian are undeniable. So, why would a pedestrian in such an accident need to seek the help of pedestrian accident lawyers. The answer is simple. In such a case, the real problem that most people have is that there is not enough money availabe (insurance money, generally) to compensate them for the injuries. Experienced pedestrian accident lawyers know how to help you make sure that all available insurance is known and potentially recovered.
If you have a questions about a pedestrian-related accident, contact The Sessions Law Firm, LLC, today.