There have been several recent pedestrian accidents that have occurred on Georgia interstates. And sadly, determining the causes of these accidents is often difficult, as these accidents tend to be fatal. This is due to the high rates of speed vehicles travel on the interstates.
On November 10, 2017, a freshman at Georgia Tech was crossing the Downtown Connector in Atlanta when he was fatally struck by a vehicle. The following week, a woman attempted to cross the Connector north of University Avenue and was killed. The next day, a man attempting to cross I-20 in Atlanta was struck and killed. These deaths are part of a large trend of pedestrian accidents in Georgia, which increased 11 percent from 2016 to 2017.
While the true causes of these pedestrian accidents may never be known, many pedestrian deaths involve alcohol. Sometimes, these pedestrians are struck after getting out of their own vehicles. Other times, impaired pedestrians attempt to cross roads and are hit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of all accidents involving pedestrians involve alcohol. In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians died in accidents in the United States. That year, Georgia ranked fifth highest of all states for pedestrian fatalities.
How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Pedestrian Accident in Georgia
- Always walk on sidewalks or other paths when they are available. Do not walk on the interstate.
- If there is no sidewalk or other path, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic. This allows you to see threats before they approach and take evasive action.
- Do not fall victim to distractions, such as your cell phone or music.
- Be cautious when sharing the road with vehicles, regardless of time of day.
- Never assume that approaching drivers see you. Give them a wide berth.