Many newer cars on the roads throughout Georgia have safety features such as brake assistance, forward-collision warning, and blind-spot warning. But over the last several years, Georgia has seen a rise in pedestrian-related crashes, and oftentimes these accidents are fatal. In 2017, 260 pedestrians were killed in Georgia by drivers. In 2018, there were 6,283 pedestrian deaths across the entire country.
So why are pedestrian deaths climbing when many cars have better safety features than ever before?
Causes of Georgia Pedestrian Accidents
One leading cause of the increase in pedestrian hit-and-run accidents is distraction. Everywhere you look, people are glued to their smartphones—whether it is a pedestrian listening to music while they walk through an intersection or a driver who is obeying the law and using a hands-free device to let their smartphone navigate them to their destination. Our modern society has become fixated and dependent on our smartphones.
Some other factors in pedestrian accidents include drivers who are impaired either from drugs or alcohol and unsafe intersections along major arterial roads. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, most pedestrian accidents happen in urban or suburban areas.
Why Do Drivers Sometimes Run After an Accident?
There are many reasons why a driver might leave the scene of a hit-and-run accident (which is against Georgia law). They might have panicked after the impact, they may be driving a stolen vehicle, they may be impaired, or they may have been driving without insurance or even a driver's license. Or, as in the case of this Atlanta driver, they may not even be aware they had hit someone.
Recovering After a Hit-and-Run
If you, as a pedestrian, were hit by a driver who then took off, you probably suffered some serious injuries that are going to cost you heavily. You will be facing physical and emotional trauma to overcome, and you will also be facing a lot of medical costs, including the following.
- Ambulance costs
- Emergency room costs
- Hospital treatment
- X-ray, MRI, CT, and other diagnostic costs
- Physical therapy
- Medication costs
All these bills will start piling up fast, and unfortunately, you may not be able to go to work while you are recovering from the accident. This is why it is imperative to contact an attorney as soon as you are able so they can begin working on your case and fighting to get you the compensation you deserve.
Hadden Law Firm
Another reason to contact an attorney after your hit-and-run pedestrian accident is that you may not know who hit you. John Hadden used to work as an insurance defense lawyer, but now he devotes his time to representing victims of negligence. His team will work tirelessly to investigate your accident and find out who caused it if at all possible, and they will hold that person accountable for your losses. In those situations where the at-fault driver cannot be identified, uninsured motorist coverage may be available to compensate you for your injuries.
Call The Hadden Law firm at 404-939-4525 or fill out a contact form to get started on your case today.