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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top Three Reasons Car Accident Fatalities are on the Rise in Georgia

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, and as we continue to educate and encourage drivers to focus on the road, new statistics have revealed that the number of deaths on Georgia roads has increased due to distractions such as smartphones and social media.  

 

Recently released GDOT figures show that roadway deaths in Georgia have increased by almost a third so far this year.  Transportation experts are still sifting through the data to expose the root of the problem, but initial findings indicate that the top three reasons car accident fatalities are on the rise in Georgia are distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding. 

 

Smartphones seem to be the culprit for most distractions.   Experts arrived at these preliminary conclusions based on the number of single-car accidents caused by vehicles that strayed into other lanes.   Single-car accidents often indicate that the problem can be attributed to the driver rather than other vehicles, weather or roadway conditions.   Adding to the concern is the growing number of victims who were not wearing seatbelts. 

 

Until recently, Georgia was making consistent strides in the right direction when it came to road safety.  For the past nine years, roadway deaths declined during the first quarter of the year.  This sudden upward trend has inspired officials to budget an additional $250,000 for a summer road safety campaign.  With relatively low gas prices and many families planning road trips this summer vacation, heavy traffic is expected on our roadways during the upcoming months. 

 

It is especially important for Henry County residents – and anyone driving on I-75 south of Atlanta – to take heed, as the local highway construction projects underway can suddenly alter traffic patterns.  As we’ve noted in former blog posts, rapid changes in traffic patterns, narrow lanes and other factors can increase the likelihood of a car accident.  And if you’re planning a road trip across state lines, it’s also important to note that roadway deaths to-date this year have also increased in neighboring states.  Car accident fatalities have increased by 14 percent in South Carolina, and 10 percent nationally.

 

As always, we will continue to educate and encourage drivers to minimize distractions and focus on the task at hand when driving.  If you have been injured by someone driving recklessly and need help with your claim, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us 770-389-4864. 

 

Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

 

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