You don’t have to be an Atlanta car accident lawyer like I am to
figure out that when a car hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian fares the
worse of the two. But when you are a car accident attorney, you see more
than your share of the tragedy that is generated when a pedestrian is
struck and killed by a car. So I plan to devote several entries to looking
at the pedestrian wrecks that happen here in Atlanta in hopes we can figure
out how to lower the number of them. Today I want to talk specifically
about where the pedestrian wrecks occurred in 2008.
The first conclusion I want to draw is that most – although by no
means all — of Atlanta’s 2008 fatal accidents occurred at
On January 12, 2008, a pedestrian was struck and killed at the intersection
of Rockwood Ave. and Commercial Ave.
On February 2, 2008, a pedestrian was struck and killed at the intersection
of SR-1439 / Fairburn Rd. and Thompson Dr. here in Atlanta.
March 4, 2008, saw another fatal pedestrian crash, this one on Campbellton
Rd. / SR-154 near its intersection with Childress Dr.
Police reported another Atlanta pedestrian killed in a car accident on
March 21, 2008, this one on Coca Cola Place downtown, near the intersection
with Butler St.
On April 2, 2008, a pedestrian was stuck and killed on the Lenox Connector
/ Buckhead Loop / SR-141 at Tower Place.
That same month, two Atlanta pedestrians were struck in an April 25, 2008,
car wreck. The accident happened at the intersection of W Whitehall St.
SW /SR-14 and York Avenue. Only one of the two pedestrians was killed.
In the month of May, one pedestrian was killed by a car at the intersection
of Marietta Blvd. and Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. on May 6, 2008.
June saw another fatal pedestrian car accident. On June 20, 2008, a car
hit a pedestrian crossing at Custer Avenue and Funtston St. here in Atlanta.
In July 2008, three pedestrians were struck and killed as they were walking
on I-75. The accident occurred on the 6th of the month.
Two pedestrians were killed in two different car wrecks in the month of
September. On September 6, 2008, a car struck and killed a pedestrian
along I-285 at Langford Pkwy. / SR-166 in Atlanta. Two days later, on
September 8, 2008, another pedestrian was killed at the crossing of Ponce
De Leon Avenue and Barnett St.
The next month Atlanta again saw two pedestrians killed in separate accidents.
On October 2, 2008, a pedestrian walking along the I-75 ramp at 17th St.
was struck and killed by an automobile. Toward the end of the month, on
October 27, 2008, a pedestrian died after being hit by a car on I-20 near
The next month saw two pedestrian death accidents in quick succession.
The first accident occurred on November 25, 2008, when an Atlanta pedestrian
was crossing at the intersection of Northside Dr. / SR-3 at Western Ave.
The second fatal pedestrian crash happened the very next day on November
26, 2008, when a car hit and killed a pedestrian crossing at the juncture
of Peachtree St. and Harris St. in downtown Atlanta.
December was the worst month of the year for Atlanta pedestrians. A pedestrian
died after being struck by a car at the intersection of Central Avenue
and Trinity Ave. on December 10, 2008. Another pedestrian was struck and
killed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2008, while he was walking along
Buford Highway / SR-13. Finally, on December 30, 2008, a car struck and
killed a pedestrian at the corner of Campbellton Dr. and Fairburn Rd.
The information in this blog has come from the
FARS database that is maintained by NHTSA.