Georgia State Police has released traffic incident data for the Labor Day
holiday weekend. In total, there were 443 traffic related
accidents on Georgia roadways over the holiday weekend. These accidents resulted
in approximately 225 injuries and 14 fatalities. Georgia State Police
supported local law enforcement to investigate the traffic incidents that
occurred within the State over the holiday weekend.
This weekend’s traffic fatality victims included 41 year old Clayton
Akridge who struck a tree after failing to stop at a stop sign. Akridge
was ejected from his vehicle and died upon impact. The accident occurred
in Mitchell County. According to Cpl. Andrew McKenzie of the Georgia State
Patrol, the accident remains under investigation.
Another fatal accident occurred in Worth County. This accident involved
an 18 wheeler driven by 67 year old Richard Dumoulin who was killed after
driving the truck across a highway median and into an embankment.
National Safety Council had predicted an increase in traffic accident related
fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Prior to the holiday weekend, the National Safety Council predicted an
increase in the number of traffic related fatalities nationwide, as compared
to previous years. The Council projected that approximately 400 traffic
related fatalities would occur during the holiday weekend. This estimate
marked a six percent increase in the number of traffic related fatalities
over previous years. In addition the Council estimated that over 42,000
Americans would require medical attention as a result of traffic related
injuries that occurred over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Georgia’s traffic fatality rate remains consistent, Department of
Public Safety attributes this to increased visibility of law enforcement officers.
However, Georgia did not experience the increase in number of traffic related
fatalities that the Council predicted. Last year, Georgia State Police reported a
total of 13 traffic accident related fatalities over the Labor Day holiday
weekend. Gordy Wright, a spokesman for Georgia’s Department of Public
told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that increased visibility of law
enforcement officers on Georgia roadways in recent years has lead to safer
roadways during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Wright went on to explain
that in years past, Georgia’s Labor Day traffic fatalities were
as high as 22.
If you or a loved has been involved in a traffic related accident over
the Labor Day weekend, you should contact an attorney immediately. An
attorney can review the circumstances of your accident to determine if
someone else’s negligence contributed to your injuries. If so, an
attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.