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Monday, February 20, 2017

National Safety Council's New Study

The National Safety Council’s new study released this week showed a significant increase in the number of traffic fatalities in Georgia over the past few years. According to the study, fatalities in Georgia rose a staggering 34 percent between 2014 to 2016. This two-year increase in fatalities is the highest jump in more than 50 years.

 

According to the National Safety Council, 40,200 people died in motor vehicle accidents across the United States last year alone. This was the first time fatalities have surpassed 40,000 since 2007.  One reason cited for this increase is that Americans drove approximately 3 percent more miles last year than the year before.  Two reasons cited for this uptick in travel is cheaper gasoline prices and an improving economy.  However, a 3 percent increase in miles driven does not correlate to a 6 percent increase in traffic fatalities nation-wide.  Another factor must be distracted drivers.

 

According to a Fox News article, the executive director of the Governors’ Highway Safety Association, Jonathan Adkins, blamed the increase in part on electronic devices, citing “driver distraction and our society's addiction to electronic devices…” as playing a role in the uptick in deaths.  In fact, it was determined that 94 percent of these deadly crashes were caused by human error, such as speeding, alcohol consumption, and general distractions. In fact, in a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, over 70 percent of drivers have admitted to engaging in risky behaviors while driving, such as speeding, running red lights, or texting while driving. The entire AJC.com article can be accessed at http://www.ajc.com/news/local/georgia-motor-vehicle-deaths-jump-third-two-years/7JVAGXGTjR8mZNNDd5vSqO/

 

If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident that was caused by the reckless or negligent behavior of someone else, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer with Smith, Welch, Webb & White.  Call Andrew Gebhardt today at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation. 

 

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