Nationally, pedestrian traffic deaths are on the rise and Georgia is no exception. There was an excess of 130 pedestrian deaths on Georgia roadways during the first six months of 2018, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. In the first half of 2018, pedestrian deaths jumped by nearly one-third. This outpaced the rate of pedestrian deaths nationwide. In contrast, the number of pedestrian fatalities rose just 3% nationwide. There are several reasons why the number of pedestrian deaths is rising. More vehicles on the roadway and a preference for larger trucks and SUVs may be among the culprits. Other reasons include distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians.
The AJC reports that a deadly pedestrian accident shut down Interstate 20 in Atlanta.
The incident occurred last Tuesday at about 6:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-20 near Moreland Avenue. It appears that an unidentified man was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of the interstate for an unknown reason.
After the first vehicle hit the pedestrian, at least three other vehicles also collided with the male.
The driver of the first vehicle was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
The Georgia State Patrol stated that charges are unlikely at this time. Due to the time of day and the location of the crash, the accident appears to have been unavoidable.
All westbound lanes were shut down until about 9:30 a.m. while the Georgia State Patrol conducted an investigation.
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