Many residents in Georgia cherish the ability to go for a morning run or an after-dinner walk with their family and dog. While these activities are generally considered to be good for one’s health, they can expose people to risks when navigating roads filled with vehicles.
Even the simple action of walking across a parking lot to get into a store puts a person in the position of being a pedestrian and that is a position filled with a growing level of danger in Georgia.
Georgia’s pedestrian fatalities on the rise
According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian fatalities in auto wrecks jumped noticeably in the ten years spanning 2009 through 2018. In 2009, pedestrians accounted for 11.7% of the state’s total vehicular deaths. That year, 152 people on foot died in vehicle wrecks. In the ensuing years, a tragic trend developed as more pedestrians lost their lives in wrecks.
By 2018, pedestrians represented 17.4% of all people killed in auto wrecks in Georgia. That year, the state recorded a total of 261 pedestrian deaths.
Pedestrians deaths in neighboring states
Records from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that Georgia ranks second for pedestrian deaths among its neighboring states. Only Florida experienced more pedestrian fatalities in 2018. There, 704 people on foot died that year. In the same year, North Carolina and South Carolina recorded 225 pedestrian deaths and 165 pedestrian deaths, respectively.
In Tennessee, another 136 people on foot died due to injuries sustained in vehicle wrecks. Alabama experienced a total of 107 pedestrian fatalities in 2018.