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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Most Traffic Deaths in Georgia Involved Drivers Failing to Maintain Their Lane

 

Local and federal agencies recently released data on driving trends, showing that roadway fatalities rose significantly nationwide and here in Georgia.  


More than 1,400 people died as a result of vehicle crashes on Georgia’s roads in 2015. That’s 244 more than in 2014 – an increase of more than 20%.  Not only is this an alarming increase, it is a reversal of a what was a national and local trend of decreasing fatalities over the past decade.


What's causing these fatal crashes?  In Georgia, over 65 percent of roadway fatalities involved drivers failing to maintain their lane according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.  GDOT also reports that 47 percent of fatal crashes involved single vehicles hitting a fixed object like a tree or a bridge.  Sixteen percent of traffic fatalities involved pedestrians and bicyclists.

 

Georgia is not alone in this trend.  Nationwide, estimated increases in traffic fatalities range from 2 to 20 percent in 2015.  Overall traffic fatalities increased over 9 percent nationwide during the first nine months of 2015, according to recent data released from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  This is a “steep” increase according to the Agency, which compares the 26,000+ traffic fatalities during the first nine months of 2015 to the 23,796 during the same time period the year before.


The majority of single-vehicle crashes can be prevented by changing driver behavior.  These startling statistics are causing local and federal agencies to launch campaigns designed to reduce distracted driving and other unsafe behaviors.  Distracted driving is among the top three reasons traffic fatalities were on the rise in Georgia last year, along with speeding and impaired driving.  

 

If you have been injured in an accident, we’re here to help.  For an experienced attorney’s help with your claim, contact Andrew Gebhardt today for a free consultation at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

 

 

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