Georgia looks set to record a decline in pedestrian fatalities in 2014. During the first six months of 2014, those numbers dropped to 50 pedestrian fatalities, from 76 fatalities during the same period of time in 2013.
The statistics were released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, which presented its pedestrian fatality data for 2014. The report has certain interesting findings.For example, it shows that pedestrian fatalities are now much more likely to occur in urban areas.Back in 1975, approximately 59% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas, and that number increased to 73% by 2013.
One statistic has remained consistent since 1975. Males account for approximately 70% of all fatalities.
Most fatalities occur during the evening or late night hours. Alcohol use is also a major factor in pedestrian accident fatalities. In 2013, 36% of pedestrians killed had a blood-alcohol concentration that was above the legally permissible limit of .08.
Interestingly enough, the second half of the year is much more likely to see pedestrian accident fatalities than the first. The late fall and winter months see more fatalities than spring or summer, even though winter provides difficult conditions for walking. That could be due to the fact that winter also means difficult driving weather and low visibility.
Compensation recoverable in a pedestrian accident claim
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you can file a claim for compensation against the motorist involved in your accident. Your damages may include medical expenses, lost income, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Medical expenses should include not just immediate medical costs, but also the physical therapy or rehabilitation that you may require over the long-term, the cost of future medical care, and other expenses. Lost income should include not just the wages that you lose when you are recovering from the injuries, but also the loss to future earning capacity.For instance, some pedestrians may suffer serious injuries like spinal injuries or brain injuries that can significantly impact their ability to return to work after the injury and earn a living. Those losses should also be included in a claim.