Athens — Man Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Atlanta Highway
Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 at 12:58 am
At around 3:35 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, a man was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident that occurred in Athens, Georgia.
According to initial reports, Sidney James Batchelor, 69, was walking from the RaceTrac parking lot toward Perimeter Inn Athens on Atlanta Highway when a commercial box truck struck him. The truck driver stayed at the scene.
Batchelor sustained injuries and later died.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Sidney James Batchelor. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents like this are fairly common nowadays. In statistics done by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and there is always a car accident that results in death every 16 minutes. This can be translated to roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and about 90 people dying in car accidents every day just in the U.S. alone.
However, car accidents are especially deadly for pedestrians. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. is about 6,000 in 2017. The number is up by 27% from 2007 to 2016, and it is said that the number in 2017 is a 25-year high.
Additionally, there are 5 states that are said to be the worst in terms of pedestrian fatalities. These are California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. These states accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 even though they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also reports that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this kind of accident.
Car accidents, especially auto-pedestrian accidents, are undeniably devastating for the victims and their loved ones. For that reason, if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then don’t lose hope. The police will always be there for you, but more than that, car accident lawyers/personal injury lawyers are also willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.