If you've taken a walk around your Atlanta neighborhood or in other Georgia cities, you may have noticed some safety issues. Many people don't realize the difference they can make by getting involved. One way to do that is by learning how to create a petition for pedestrian safety.

How to Create a Petition

Change.org is a great resource for teaching concerned citizens how to create a petition. This nonpartisan organization makes it easy to get started. All you have to do is enter the name of an individual, organization or governmental body that you wish to petition.

If doing this to increase pedestrian safety, the entity you petition will depend on the issue. Let's say the problem is a lack of room to walk because there aren't sidewalks or obstructions exist. You might petition a traffic or transportation engineer.

The next step in creating the petition is to indicate what you want them to do. It could be fixing a sidewalk or paving a pedestrian path.

Include why the change is important. In this example, not having a safe place to walk increases the risk of a pedestrian getting struck by a vehicle. Especially dangerous is when the area is used by children who walk to school. If you know of any specific cases, list those.

The final step is clicking the "Start my petition" button, and you are on your way to making changes. In fact, many petitions have resulted in victories. One example occurred in Cobb County, where road design contributed to a fatal hit-and-run accident. That led to the installation of a crosswalk.

Another resource for creating a petition is MoveOn.Org. The information required is much the same, such as indicating the target of the petition and the reason for starting it.

It's possible to prevent some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents. While no one can control another person's behavior, there are other issues that could increase pedestrian safety by just addressing them.  The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz believes in pedestrians’ rights and their safety. By hiring a lawyer to represent your claim, you should receive almost three times the value versus an unrepresented claim. Fill out our contact form for a free consultation on pedestrian accidents or injury. 

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