Georgia’s dangerous roads
Residents in Georgia face many serious dangers on the road whether as motorists, passengers, bicyclists or pedestrians. Whether on the road for work or for pleasure, Georgia residents literally take their lives in their hands every day. Every person can do their best to drive safely or to always walk on sidewalks and cross streets in designated crosswalks. However, these actions are not always enough to truly keep innocent people safe. Distraction, drugs, alcohol, fatigue and more can all get in the way of people’s rights to go about their lives and get where they need to without harm. Property damage, serious injury and even death occur on Georgia roads more often than some may know.
How many vehicular deaths occur in Georgia each year? The National Highway Traffic Safety Association maintains traffic fatality statistics that paint a sometimes bleak picture about the dangers faced on area roads. Between 2010 and 2014, a total of 4,929 lives were lost on Georgia roads. This accounts for all accidents regardless of cause or influencing factor. Of the deaths in that five-year span, 1,442 involved alcohol. Motorcyclists represented 665 of the people who died. Pedestrians accounted for 804 of the fatalities.
How many vehicular deaths occur in Fulton County each year? Looking closer to home, there were a total of 372 motor vehicle fatalities between 2010 and 2014. Impairment by alcohol played a role in 88 of these deaths. There were 46 motorcyclists killed. Pedestrian deaths in the county numbered 112 during these five years.
What are some recent examples of these accidents? New reports detailing serious crashes are easier to find that most people wish. Take, for example, the death earlier this spring of a motorcyclist from Peachtree this spring. AJC reports that the driver of a passenger vehicle was leaving a parking lot and simply did not see the biker before hitting and killing him . Freeway speeds are higher than on surface streets but should not exceed 100 miles per hour. Sadly, one person chose to drive a vehicle that fast in the summer of 2015 just before hitting a motorcycle ridden by a man and his wife. The husband died, leaving behind his injured wife and two children. The at-fault driver has since been sentenced to 30 years in prison on a vehicular homicide charge. In addition to speed, methamphetamine may have been involved. Gwinnett County was the location of a pedestrian death that occurred after a driver crossed over traffic lanes and onto a sidewalk on the other side of the road. A 51-year-old woman who was simply walking her dog along the sidewalk died after being hit. The driver in this case has also been charged with vehicular homicide.
How can accident victims get help? People who have experienced tragic accidents due to the negligence of others deserve help to seek proper compensation. Medical expenses, lost income and more are just some of what people may be able to recoup. Victims should consult with a personal injury attorney to learn more about how to pursue this compensation.