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Pedestrian wrongful death incidents up significantly

Pedestrians are always at risk for being injured or killed when hit by a motor vehicle in our state and throughout the nation. This danger is increasing as a growing number of people are driving while distracted. Many of these incidents are compounded by the driver choosing to flee the scene, rather than stay and call for emergency services, if necessary. Researchers and lawmakers are seeking methods to reduce the frequency of these accidents and make the roads safer.

Studies show that there has been an increase in these accidents across the U.S with a 46 percent rise from the lowest recorded total in 2009. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that there was a 16 percent rise across the nation.

In Georgia alone, there has been a 16 percent rise in fatal pedestrian crashes. The statistics show that in 2018, there have been 111 deaths in these accidents in the state. In 2017, there were a total of 260 fatal pedestrian accidents. In 2016, there were 232. The 260 in 2017 was twice the number who died in pedestrian accidents in 2011.

There were certain basic issues that were common in these accidents. They happen most frequently in suburban or urban locations, on roads that are serving as entry points to freeways, and outside of crosswalks. SUV's or other vehicles with powerful engines were found to be growing in likelihood of being in these accidents. Georgia is also high on the list for hit-and-run crashes, coming in fourth in 2016 according to a study by AAA. Of the 2,049 people who died in a hit-and-run in the U.S. that year, 72 came in Georgia.

While there is logical advice for people to stay safe as pedestrians, such as using the sidewalk, walking on the shoulder, if there is no sidewalk, staying alert, being careful and being visible, these actions are not always successful at avoiding a pedestrian accident. People who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death incident when the person was hit by a car should remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing. The investigation is key and Marietta, Georgia, wrongful death lawyers can help with a case from start to end.

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