It is estimated that 70% of Georgia pedestrian accidents occur because the pedestrian was jaywalking or intoxicated. If someone is drunk and wanders into the path of an oncoming car, sometimes there is nothing the driver can do to stop without hitting the pedestrian. If a pedestrian has been drinking and crosses the street unsafely, they will have a hard time convincing a jury that they were not at least partially at fault for the collision.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol was a factor in 48% of fatal crashes where a pedestrian was hit by a car, whether it was the driver or the pedestrian who was drunk. 36% of pedestrians killed in crashes where alcohol was a factor had a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, above the legal limit. While you may think walking is a safe alternative to driving if you have been drinking, it’s important to remember that impaired pedestrians are killed every day in motor vehicle accidents.