In Atlanta and the surrounding areas of Georgia, pedestrians are vulnerable to personal injury and death when they are hit by a car. Drivers are increasingly distracted by their devices adding a new layer to the inherent dangers on the road like driving under the influence, drowsy driving and recklessness. Even vigilant pedestrians are in jeopardy.

According to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of pedestrian fatalities in an auto accident in 2019 was the highest it has been in three decades. The GHSA’s assessment of the 2019 fatalities indicate that there has been a consistent increase in such deaths. There was a rise of 5% in 2019 vs. 2018. In total, 6,590 pedestrians were killed. That is the most since 1988.

The last time the numbers were this high was in 1997. Currently, GHSA statistics are only through June 2019. In the first six months of 2018, Georgia was one of five states that had nearly half the pedestrian fatalities while only accounting for one-third of the U.S. population. In the decade following 2009, pedestrian deaths rose consistently. This came after there had been a steady reduction from 1988 to 2009. In 2009, there were slightly more than 4,100 pedestrian deaths. By 2018, that total had grown by 53%. The GHSA calculation of nearly 6,600 deaths for 2019 would mean there was a 60% increase from 2009.

Various factors were considered regarding the greater number of fatalities including better weather, the prevalence of SUVs and light trucks, and cellphone use behind the wheel. Overall traffic fatalities stayed steady with a 2% rise in the last 10 years. When there is an auto accident and people are injured or lose a loved one, there will be much to consider. That includes medical expenses, lost income, loss of companionship, funeral costs and more. Having legal advice that understands how to investigate auto accidents can be beneficial to a successful legal filing for compensation. A law firm experienced in personal injury cases after pedestrian accidents may be able to help.