The number of pedestrian deaths in the state of Georgia increased significantly last year. To combat this issue, Macon is taking steps to keep its residents safe on the streets.
What Causes Pedestrian Deaths?
Pedestrian deaths can occur for a number of reasons. In some cases, these deaths occur because drivers are distracted or ignoring the rules of the road. These deaths may also occur when pedestrians are not being as safe or careful as they should. For example, if a pedestrian crosses the road without a signal and/or crosses in an unsafe location, the risk of fatal injuries increases significantly.
Pedestrian Death Statistics
In 2017, approximately 1,454 people died on the roads in the state of Georgia. Although this is slightly lower than the number of deaths in 2016, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 20.
In Macon specifically, an alarming number of pedestrian deaths have occurred in recent years. The number of deaths grew so high that Macon became the second-highest community in the state of Georgia for pedestrian deaths per capita. As a result of this increase, the community of Macon has sprung into action.
How Macon Is Trying to Prevent Pedestrian Deaths
People in Macon and all over the state of Georgia rely on walking to get from place to place. When these people don’t adhere to certain safety standards, however, they are more likely to be involved in accidents that may be fatal. Likewise, when drivers don’t pay attention to certain traffic laws, pedestrians are more likely to be injured.
To limit pedestrian deaths in the area, Macon is launching the “On the Move” campaign. To finance this campaign, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is providing a grant in the amount of $20,785. The goal of this campaign is to address the education, cultural and other issues that cause people to cross roads in unsafe places.
The Macon-Bibb Pedestrian Safety Review Board has also announced a new campaign known as “Cross the Walk,” which was designed to educate people about crossing the street safely. Six training sessions will be held at the Douglass Theatre. Macon has also planned a Pedestrian Safety Awareness Community Day in hopes of bringing awareness to the issue of safe pedestrian practices.
In addition to promoting pedestrian safety in the community of Macon, the Macon-Bibb Pedestrian Safety Review Board also hopes to have an impact on the state and nation as a whole. The Board hopes to develop a pedestrian safety curriculum that could be used all across the nation.
Justice for Victims
Although pedestrians are sometimes at fault for their own accidents, many injuries or fatal accidents are caused by unsafe drivers. In cases where a driver is responsible for a pedestrian’s injury or death, the victim and/or the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the situation, the driver may be required to cover the victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, future estimated medical costs and more.
If you or someone you love was involved in a pedestrian accident that led to injuries or death, you need to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please call David Mann today at 478-742-3381 or, you can use our online form to set up a free consultation and learn more about your options under the law.