Since 2019, Georgia has seen a 69% increase in deaths of pedestrians caused by motor vehicles. There were 348 deaths in 2021, compared to 281 in 2020 and 239 in 2019.
According to state officials, driver distraction and speeding are the two leading causes of pedestrian fatalities. Pedestrian safety is a complex issue, and addressing these two factors is essential to reducing the number of deaths.
This can take many forms, from talking on the phone to fiddling with the radio. Regardless of the source of distraction, it takes a driver’s attention away from the road and increases the risk of an accident.
Speeding also increases the risk of an accident
It reduces a driver’s ability to stop in time if a pedestrian steps into the road. In addition, speeding makes it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, particularly at night. Reducing speed limits in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present is one way to address this problem. Another is to increase the enforcement of existing speed limits.
Here are some tips for staying safe when you’re walking or running:
- Be visible. Wear bright clothing or reflective gear so that drivers can see you, especially at night or in low-light conditions.
- Follow the rules. Obey traffic signals and cross only at designated crosswalks.
- Watch for vehicles. Don’t assume that drivers will see you; always look both ways before crossing the street.
- Be predictable. Don’t suddenly dart out into traffic; make your movements predictable so that drivers can anticipate what you’re going to do.
Unfortunately, even if you practice these safety tips, you may still be struck by a vehicle, leading to extensive medical bills and time off from work. If that happens, it’s essential that you get the compensation you deserve.