It may not surprise you to learn that more Atlanta pedestrians are killed
after dark than during the daylight hours.
In my Atlanta pedestrian lawyer blog, I have been looking at the statistics
about the car wrecks we have around our city. Recently I have been looking
at the facts about pedestrians who are run over by cars. Today I am going
to discuss data from the National Highway and Traffic Administration’s
FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) database, and focus on the time of
day of the accidents that killed Atlanta pedestrians in 2009.
Pedestrians Killed in Daylight
Four Atlanta pedestrians were killed during daylight hours. The first pedestrian
killed in the early afternoon at 1:38 p.m. at the intersection SR-237
and Lenox Rd. The accident took place on January 30, 2009.
The next afternoon accident happened at 5:41 p.m. on April 24, 2009, when
a pedestrian was killed in a car accident at Metropolitan Pkwy. and Cleveland Ave.
While 6:33 p.m. is technically an evening hour, on August 15, 2009, it
still would have been light out when a pedestrian died when a car hit
him as he walked along I-75 in the Atlanta city limits.
On September 15, 2009, a pedestrian was struck and killed in mid-afternoon,
at 2:46 p.m. The car-pedestrian accident happened at the intersection
of Hobart Dr. and Vanderbilt Ct.
Pedestrians Killed at Night
By contrast, 9 of 13 of the Atlanta pedestrian deaths happened when a car
struck and killed a pedestrian after dark, in the nighttime hours.
A March 4, 2009, car accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian happened
at 9:26 p.m. at the intersection of Moreland Ave. / SR-42 and Sanders
Ave. here in Atlanta.
Another March pedestrian accident, this one on March 16, 2009, happened
in the evening at 9:23 p.m. along a stretch of I-85 running through Atlanta.
A third pedestrian was struck and killed in the early morning hours of
March 21, 2009. The accident occurred at 1:25 a.m., as the Atlanta pedestrian
walked along Boulevard.
The next Atlanta pedestrian wreck happened on March 27, 2009, again in
the early evening. That accident took place at 8:26 p.m. at the intersection
of Lee St. and York Ave.
The final pedestrian-car collision of March was also in the evening hours.
A car hit a pedestrian walking along SR-400 in Atlanta at 10:30 p.m. on
March 27, 2009.
Another pedestrian died as a result of a nighttime car wreck on July 18,
2009. The car accident happened at 10:49 p.m. on D.L. Hollowell Pkwy.
(Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway).
On September 6, 2009, a car hit and killed a pedestrian shortly before
midnight, at 11:54 p.m., at the corner of Atlanta’s Boulevard and
At the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and Browns Mill Rd., a pedestrian
died after being run over by a car in the evening hours, at 9:40 p.m.
The accident happened on September 10, 2009.
Fortunately, no pedestrians were killed in Atlanta in October, November
or December 2009. However, one final pedestrian was killed in the month
of September, on the 29th.
The accident happened on Campbellton Rd. at 6:20 a.m. Since sunrise did
not occur until 7:31 a.m., this wreck would have taken place before daylight
arrived for the day.