There are thousands of city streets in the Atlanta area. In fact, in Atlanta itself, there are actually seventy-one streets that include the word “Peachtree.” In addition, there are miles of interstate highway, I-20 and I-85. But when it comes to pedestrian accidents, the streets are what count because most accidents involving pedestrians occur on streets rather than on highways. Regardless where a pedestrian is injured, The Baer Law Firm can help the injured pedestrian.
Bryan Baer founded The Baer Law Firm and is its principal. After nearly twenty years of experience in personal injury litigation, Mr. Baer decided to open his own firm in 2020. Those years were well spent. Mr. Baer was selected by his peers to Georgia’s Super Lawyers®. Mr. Baer is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
If you or a family member is seriously injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, call 404-THEBAER (404-843-2237) or fill out our online contact form so we may discuss your case in a free consultation. to answer your questions.
Any type of accident where a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle almost always results in injury to the pedestrian. Sometimes the injuries are minor, such as scrapes and bruises, but some are more significant. The number of pedestrian fatalities gives some measure of how often a pedestrian is injured because only a fraction of those who suffer pedestrian accidents are killed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC), in the year 2017, 5,977 pedestrians died as a result of traffic accidents in the United States. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia (GOHSG) reported that in 2018, there were 261 pedestrian fatalities in Georgia. The GOHSG states that pedestrian deaths had increased by 60% over the prior five years. There is no reason to think that the percentage of pedestrian deaths has dropped since then.
The GOHSD stated that being distracted by cellphones is a major factor in the increase of pedestrian accidents. Also, the GOHSD report emphasized that pedestrians should always use crosswalks when they are available and look both ways before stepping out into the street.
In addition to these suggestions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on pedestrian fatalities that gives tips to help avoid pedestrian accidents. These tips include:
Drivers have responsibilities to prevent pedestrian accidents, too. In fact, given that cars weigh several thousand pounds and travel much faster than a pedestrian walks, drivers should take extra care to prevent pedestrian accidents. The NHTSA report offered these safety tips to drivers:
If you or a loved one is seriously injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, you need to hire an experienced attorney. Attorney Bryan Baer at The Baer Law Firm is one of the few injury lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia with extensive knowledge and expertise in this area to obtain results victims deserve. Call 404-THEBAER (404-843-2237) or fill out our online contact form so we may discuss your case in a free consultation.