As 2015 came to a close, there were a few fatal accidents on Georgia roadways. Despite campaigns aimed at deterring distracted driving and promoting wearing safety belts, Georgia roadways saw a rise in fatal traffic accidents over 2015.
Before dawn on New Years Day, a two car accident turned deadly in Atlanta. The accident occurred along Interstate-20 westbound near Hamilton E Holmes. One car struck another vehicle, fatally injuring its driver. The car that caused the accident kept going.
In another accident, emergency crews responded around 5 am to an accident that left two fatally injured and critically injured a third person. This accident occurred on southbound Interstate 985 near Friendship Road.
Starting last summer, Georgia’s Department of Transportation launched initiatives, ‘Arrive Alive,’ and ‘Click it or Ticket.’ Both are aimed at reducing the number of accidents on Georgia roadways.
In 2014, between January 1st and December 23rd, 1,142 people died in traffic accidents in Georgia. In 2015, for that same period, an additional 197 fatal accidents occurred. Authorities place some of the blame for this rise on distracted driving along with failure to wear seatbelts.
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to begin enforcing existing laws regarding distracted driving to hopefully make Georgia roadways safer.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident and suffered injuries, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the “Strong Arm” attorney John Foy today.