Pedestrian crossing with unfocused car in the background.
A 35-year-old pedestrian was injured in an early morning accident in Marietta on Friday that involved a 2010 Nissan Versa. The accident occurred around 5:38 PM at the intersection of North Marietta Parkway and North Fairground Street. The injured pedestrian was transported to Wellstar Kennestone with serious injuries. The 55-year-old driver remained on the scene and cooperated with the investigation. At the time of the report, officers were unsure as to whether the accident occurred while the pedestrian was in the crosswalk and whether they activated a crossing signal before crossing. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Action Safety Plan, pedestrian accidents throughout the state have been increasing in recent years, accounting for around 14 percent of all traffic fatalities on Georgia roadways. 80 percent of pedestrian vs. car accidents result in injuries and 5 percent result in fatalities. 44 percent of vehicle-pedestrian crashes that occur in the state happen on state-owned arterial roads in urban areas, such as North Marietta Parkway, which makes up a portion of what was previously known as Georgia State Route 120 Loop. Pedestrian accidents most often occur on roadways with a speed limit of at least 40 miles per hour, consisting of five or more travel lanes. Around 57 percent of pedestrian accidents occur during hours of darkness. In the development of the Pedestrian Action Safety Plan that was intended to cover the years 2018-2022, it was noted that the state intended to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths to less than 180 a year. Unfortunately, earlier this summer it was reported that there were 322 pedestrians killed on Georgia’s roadways in 2021. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one as a result of a vehicle-pedestrian accident, let an experienced car accident attorney from Cambre & Associates help you understand the process of seeking compensation for your injury or loss. Contact us for your free case evaluation.