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Accidents and injuries remain a sobering threat for pedestrians

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2024 | Car Accidents

Georgia’s beautiful communities are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, but pedestrians nevertheless face a significant risk on state roads. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlight the national issue of pedestrian accidents, urging awareness and safety measures.

That means pedestrians everywhere, even here in the Peach State, should practice extra caution near roadways – as should the motorists who drive near them.

Speed is a major threat

Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities are a serious concern on high-speed roads. A staggering 65% of walkers and 62% of cyclists killed overall pass away due to accidents on roads with 40 mph or higher speed limits. One thing seems clear: Speeding and pedestrians are a deadly mix.

Vulnerability increases injury risk

Pedestrians benefit from little protection in the event of a collision. The most common injuries are lower extremity fractures, but spinal cord injuries and head trauma are also frighteningly common. These injuries can result in life-altering consequences, leaving victims with long-term medical needs and lost wages.

Areas of particular accident risk

Accidents involving pedestrians can occur anywhere there is traffic, but some areas pose more risk than others. Examples include:

  • Busy streets: Lots of cars mean a higher chance of getting hit.
  • Crosswalks: Even with signals, turning cars are a danger.
  • Dark places: Poorly lit areas are especially hazardous.
  • Commercial access: Retail-adjacent and multi-lane roadways are common accident locations.
  • Parked cars: They can block the view for pedestrians and drivers alike.

An extra dose of caution when navigating these areas may help you avoid a disaster when you’re out walking.

Pedestrian accident injuries are likely to be severe and life-changing. Those who have been hit may benefit from seeking legal guidance accordingly, once they have received the immediate medical care that they require.