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Statistics on Pedestrian Accidents | Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

Published August 28th, 2012 in Blog, Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Atlanta’s not really a walking city.  There’s a lot of factors that go into this, but it boils down to the fact that the infrastructure just isn’t set up for the convenience of the pedestrian.  Although there have been many “Eat. Play. Work” initiatives, such as Atlantic Station, I don’t know very many Atlantans who have the leisure to walk to work, walk to restaurant for dinner, and then walk back home.  However, that doesn’t change the fact that there are still pedestrians who walk about the city.  In fact, I posted some things you should know about pedestrian accidents awhile back, but I wanted to highlight a couple of important statistics:

  • First of all, some good news: fatalities in pedestrian accidents are decreasing.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatalities in pedestrian accidents were down 8% in 2009 from 2008.  Moreover,
  • Secondly, I want to bring attention to the fact that a large portion of victims of pedestrian accidents are children under the age of 14.  In 2009, 59,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents and an alarming 13,000 were children.  In addition, statistics show that 19% of children aged 5-9 who died in traffic accidents were pedestrians.  Of course, no one wants their children running around the streets, but it’s important to make sure you take those extra precautions with the young ones so you can ensure their safety.
  • Lastly, the elderly are also a concern.  19% of all pedestrian fatalities and 8% of all pedestrian injuries were aged 65 and over in 2009.

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