Driving can be a dangerous activity. You can drive as cautiously as you
possibly can, but unfortunately, you cannot account for other drivers’
actions on the road. Many people get behind the wheel impaired by alcohol
or drugs, or are simply not paying close enough attention while driving.
Recently, an investigation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution discovered
Georgia roads have been particularly dangerous with a sharp increase in
the number of fatal crashes. The Atlanta Journal Constitution investigation
found a 31% increase in fatal auto accidents in Georgia alone in the first
quarter of 2015. The total number of deaths for the first quarter of 2015
is 295 – 70 more than last year.
The investigation uncovered some unsettling trends, including a rise in
single vehicle fatalities (i.e. a driver veering out of the lane and crashing
into something on the side of the road), which likely indicates careless
driving behavior, such as speeding, driving under the influence of a substance,
or distracted driving (i.e. texting, eating, putting on makeup). The investigation
also revealed that the number of people involved in fatal accidents who
did not wear a seatbelt has increased.
Georgia Department of Transportation is encouraging people to buckle up and be alert while driving. Officials
from the Georgia Department of Transportation say that they are not positive
what is behind the increase in fatal auto accidents. Harris Blackwood,
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says “because of an improved
economy, more people are employed and more people are driving.”
Blackwood also theorizes that lower gas prices could play a role because
more people are hitting the road more frequently.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is working on identifying some
of the more dangerous roadways. The department found that most of the
fatal crash increases have been in the metro Atlanta area, particularly
in the northwest and southwest counties. Some transportation experts blame
this on a recent increase in speed limits near metro Atlanta. However,
the Georgia Department of Transport has found that the increases in auto
accident deaths are not concentrated in areas where the speed limit has
Georgia is not the only state where auto accident fatalities have increased.
The National Safety Council has said that there has been a ten percent
increase in auto accident deaths nationwide. The Tennessee Highway Patrol
and the Georgia State Patrol have joined forces to raise awareness of
this increase and encourage
seat belt safety. Georgia State Patrol Captain Grady Sanford said: “We are proud
to partner with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Erlanger Health System
with this important traffic safety message. With safety education and
traffic enforcement efforts, we hope to see an increase in seat belt usage
in both Georgia and Tennessee and ultimately save lives.”
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
After a tragic auto accident most people do not know what to do or where
to turn for help. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Goldstein
& Hayes, P.C. are available to answer any questions you may have related
to the collision.
Contact us today for a free consultation.