With more drivers on the road, it’s no surprise that the number of auto accidents increases every year. However, there is an alarming trend in the increase of driving fatalities taking place across the nation. Georgia has seen a tremendous increase in driving fatalities.
Recently released data from the National Safety Council showed an alarming jump in motor vehicle deaths in 2015. Early estimates show a nationwide increase in fatal accidents of about 8 percent. When broken down by state, Georgia saw a 22% increase in auto accident fatalities. Only one state had a larger jump – Oregon with a 27% increase.
Natalie Dale, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Transportation issued a statement. “1.414 lives were lost in Georgia, representing the first increase in fatalities we have seen in Georgia in almost a decade.”
National Safety Council president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman stated, “We haven’t seen an increase like this in 50 years.”
The NSC names many different possible factors in the increase in accidents. Lower gas prices and lower unemployment mean that more Americans are hitting the road. Another likely culprit could very well be the smart phones many Americans carry and distracted driving.
Historically, the 3 largest causes of automobile accidents are alcohol, speed, and distracted driving.
Dale went on to say that the startling increase in accident fatalities on Georgia roadways has been the result of distracted driving and persons not wearing seat belts.
It is important for every driver on the roadways to drive defensively. Keeping both hands on the wheel, your eyes engaged on the driving field, and a look out for your surroundings will help you to avoid an accident.
If you have been injured as the result of an accident, contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. The “Strong Arm” attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today.