Safety Tips for Atlanta Pedestrians of All Ages

Across the nation, an estimated 6,000 pedestrians are killed every year. In March 2018, the Governors Highway Safety Association listed Georgia as 16th in the nation for pedestrian deaths. Between January and June 2017, there were 92 pedestrian deaths in Georgia. A few of these deaths have become “high profile” in the Metro Atlanta area, including the death of a crossing guard.

With such a high ranking, Georgia safety officials have been working to improve pedestrian safety and reduce the number of deaths. Of course, there are also things that pedestrians can do to help keep themselves safe on Georgia roadways. Here are some safety tips for Atlanta pedestrians of all ages.

Safety Tips for Atlanta Pedestrians of All Ages

In the Metro Atlanta area, walking or bicycling is incredibly common. There are numerous walking or bicycling trails around the area, and the downtown Atlanta area is a haven for sidewalk pedestrians. Whether you are walking to work, taking your child to meet the school bus, or are bicycling around one of Atlanta’s trails, here are some safety tips to keep you safe as a pedestrian.

Be Smart and Alert

Be Visible and Seen

Look Before you Cross

Pedestrian Safety for Kids

Young people are particularly vulnerable to pedestrian accidents. For one reason, they are often smaller and less visible. For another reason, they often lack the skill and attention to practice good safety behaviors.

In addition to keeping your kids safe while walking near a roadway or going to school, it is also important to teach your kids how to stay safe while playing outside, even in your yard or driveway, or on your street. Consider these additional safety tips for closer to home:

In the United States, accidental pedestrian injuries are considered the fifth leading cause of injury-related deaths among children between five and 19 years old. Teenagers are now considered at the greatest risk, largely because of the various distractions and the increased likelihood they will use a mobile device while walking or bicycling.

Have You Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

If you or one of your family members have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our Atlanta personal injury attorneys today to learn more about protecting your legal rights. If your injuries were caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them, which can be helpful in covering medical expenses and other costs.

To find out more, contact The Dixon Firm to schedule a free consultation.