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Why Are Pedestrian Accidents Happening on Georgia Interstates?

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…
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Georgia Teen Sues Train Company after Losing Legs in Train Accident

A Georgia teen and his family have filed suit against train company CSX and the operators that were running a train that hit the teen. The teen was struck in March while walking along the train tracks. He spent four months in an intensive care unit and both of his legs were amputated below the knee as a result. At the time of the filing, the teen had already racked up more than $200,000 in medical costs, which he argues the train operators are liable for. The lawsuit claims that the CSX train did not have a properly functioning front-facing camera, meaning that the engineer and conductor were unable to see him on the tracks in time to avoid hitting him. The lawsuit also argues that CSX failed to put up fencing or other warning devices to prevent pedestrians from approaching the tracks. The teen was at least 1,000 feet…
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GSP Urges Caution After Several Pedestrian Accidents

On April 29, Georgia State Patrol confirmed the death of a pedestrian in Albany, GA. It is believed that the pedestrian was crossing the road when a car hit the pedestrian. GSP is recommending pedestrians pay more attention when walking in areas with cars. The organization is advising the use of crosswalks and for pedestrians to avoid jaywalking. Additionally, GSP encourages drivers to stay alert, avoid distractions and do their part to preserve the safety of pedestrians. Pedestrian Accidents Statistics Georgia is no stranger to pedestrian accidents. One of our state’s most famous natives, “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell, was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta in 1949. But what’s disturbing is that our rate of pedestrian accidents is incredibly high. In 2013, more Georgia pedestrians died in accidents than any year since 1997. Most these accidents occur in metropolitan areas like Atlanta, but suburban…
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