According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), Georgia had 1,504 traffic fatalities in 2018. This is a 2.3% decrease from the 1,540 that occurred in 2017, representing the largest decrease in the number of fatal accidents since 2012. Part of the reason for the decrease is a result of legal intervention: Georgia’s Hands-Free Law went into effect in July 2018. Unfortunately, while the number of overall traffic deaths has dropped in Georgia, the number of pedestrian fatalities is rising. Over the last five years, pedestrian deaths in Georgia have increased by 60%.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a driver was rushed to the hospital after a serious accident in Smyrna.
The accident, which involved only one vehicle, happened at about 7:30 a.m. on the East-West Connector in Smyrna between Fontaine Street and Cooper Lake Road.
The white car appeared to be split in half following the collision. The driver, however, was lucky to have suffered only non-life-threatening injuries. She was taken to a hospital.
Authorities who responded to the accident said that the driver of the vehicle was “lucky to be alive.” Fortunately, no other person was in the car.
The accident shut down the East-West Connector for hours, causing traffic to be redirected. The East-West Connector reopened after 10 a.m.
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