A car wreck apparently involving a pedestrian occurred on Memorial Drive in Atlanta last Thursday morning. The westbound lanes of Memorial Drive were shut down on Thursday morning while DeKalb County police conducted an investigation into the car wreck.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., a body was removed from the road near the intersection of Memorial College Avenue and Georgia State Perimeter College. A pickup truck with significant front-end damage was on the scene as well.

A MARTA bus route was rerouted due to the investigation, but a spokeswoman for the transit authority has stated that MARTA was not involved in the accident. The Dekalb police have not yet confirmed the fatality.

Pedestrian fatalities on the rise

Sadly, pedestrian fatalities keep going up each year. In 2019, that number rose to 6,590, which is the highest it has been in over 30 years. According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 50% in the last 10 years.

Most traffic fatalities involving pedestrians occur at night or in the early morning on local roads and away from intersections. Unsafe driving practices such as speeding, drowsy or distracted driving, increase risks to pedestrians walking along the berm or crossing a road. In 2018, alcohol impairment of the driver or pedestrian accounted for nearly half of car wrecks resulting in pedestrian fatalities.

Negligence in Georgia

Atlanta is a city known for its greenery, which is a plus for city dwellers who love walking and biking through its beautiful neighborhoods. It is also a city known for its heavy traffic, and pedestrians take risks every time they step foot onto a roadway, even if they are in the crosswalk.

Georgia recognizes contributory negligence, which means that even if the injured party was found to be partially responsible for causing the accident, they can still file a claim as long as their contribution to the accident was less than 50%.

When a pedestrian has suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of a driver, it is essential to know where find committed and aggressive legal representation in a negligence suit. Some injuries might involve lengthy hospital stays, surgeries and prolonged rehabilitation. It is essential to fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.