How safe are Georgia’s roads?
As new car technology continues to work to improve safety and protect people when accidents happen, more Georgia residents continue to lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents. Data from the National Safety Council indicates that between 2014 and 2016, the number of people killed in auto accidents in Georgia rose by 34 percent. Only four other states experienced an increase greater than that seen in Georgia. The national average saw a jump of 14 percent in the same two-year period.
Three primary factors identified in vehicular deaths It is believed that distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding are largely responsible for the growing number of fatalities on Georgia’s roads. Even with a distracted driving law in place, many people continue to use their phones illegally when behind the wheel. In the first four years after the state’s distracted driving law went into effect, over 7,000 people were cited for violating the law.
2015 fatality increases across many types of accidents According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 1,164 people died in automotive crashes in Georgia in 2014. The following year, that number rose to 1,430. Deaths in accidents involving alcohol, speeding, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists all rose in 2015 over 2014. From 2014 to 2015 in Georgia:
- Drunk driving deaths increased from 279 to 366.
- Deaths in accidents involving speeding rose from 213 to 268.
- The number of pedestrians killed jumped from 163 to 193.
- Bicyclist fatalities climbed from 19 to 23.
- Motorcyclist fatalities increased from 137 to 152.
In Fulton County, more people died in 2015 than in any other county in the state as 104 people died in 2015 compared to 77 in 2014. The county with the second highest number of vehicular deaths in 2015 was Dekalb County where 83 fatalities were recorded. In 2016, more than 1,500 people died on Georgia roadways.
A look at Georgia’s trend compared to its neighbors When looking at Georgia’s five immediate neighboring states, the increase in vehicular fatalities experienced in the peach state seems even graver. From 2014 to 2016, Alabama’s fatalities rose by 27 percent, South Carolina’s by 23 percent, Florida’s by 21 percent, North Carolina’s by 14 percent and Tennessee’s by just under eight percent.
Seeking help after a crash is important Georgia residents who are involved in motor vehicle accidents should feel confident in their right and ability to seek help. Talking with a personal injury attorney may provide insight on how best to pursue compensation at these times.