Georgia’s bustling highways capture essential moments — road trips, daily commutes, joyrides, family visits. These circuits, however, are not always as innocuous as they appear. Underneath the hum of engines, a darker reality lurks – one of fatal car accidents.
An understanding of the situational reality culled from statistics, the underlying causes, legal implications, and the actions that victims’ families can take, is paramount to fostering safer highways. Let’s dive deeper into Georgia’s grim reality to pave the path for a safer tomorrow.
The number of fatal car accidents in Georgia has been somberly ticking upward. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported 1,491 traffic fatalities in 2020, a disconcerting increase from the previous year’s 1,352. Alarmingly, younger drivers between the ages of 15-24 accounted for nearly 20% of these fatalities.
Although fatal car accidents occur statewide, populous regions like Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett counties have unfortunately seen higher numbers. Understanding these numbers is our first step towards changing them.
While every accident has a unique narrative, the alarmingly common causes that orchestrate these tragedies are widely shared—the unhurried poison of speed, the reckless menace of drunk driving, the covert threat of distraction, and the pronounced nonchalance toward seatbelts. These culprits collectively chart the map towards grave consequences.
Speeding, akin to trespassing a danger zone, has often been under scrutiny for propagating fatal accidents. The allure of time-saving tempts drivers into the high-speed arena, inadvertently steering them into the path of catastrophe. Speeding not only diminishes a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway but also extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation.
Drunk driving, on the other hand, presents dangers that are, understandably, even more alarming. The blurred vision, slowed reaction time, and impaired judgment associated with driving under influence convert vehicles into potential killing machines. The casualty of one’s control and consciousness while drunk driving tragically transforms momentary joy into lifelong regret.
Distracted driving, often underestimated, is a devil in disguise. Ranging from using a cell phone, tuning a radio, to even casual conversations with co-passengers, distractions exploit a driver’s split-second inattention to inflict lasting damage. It’s a grim reminder that every second and every glance counts on the road.
Shockingly, the lack of seat belt use remains a significant contributor to fatal car accidents. Seen sometimes as a minor inconvenience, the neglect of seat belts has proved deadly, as highlighted by the disconcerting 347 preventable deaths in 2020. The simple act of fastening a seat belt can drastically increase survival rates, providing a protective barrier against a fatal outcome.
Each of these causes paints a potent picture of an entirely preventable tragedy. But beyond the cause, every statistic represents an individual, a family, a poignant story. When each tale embeds a lesson, it drives us towards a collective mission – forming an undisputed pact for safety on Georgia’s roads.
The legal aftermath of a fatal car accident includes wrongful death lawsuits and compensation claims for victims’ families. Georgia law allows families to seek compensation for losses, including medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
The complexity of these cases mandates the guidance of a seasoned attorney. Legal advisors can not only elucidate the process but also ensure that bereaved families receive the justice and closure they deserve.
For those affected by fatal car accidents, we extend our deepest sympathies. At Cohen & Sinowski, we empathize with your pain and seek to help you navigate this tumultuous time.
Our experienced team is ready to offer you the support that you need. We look into complexities, passionately advocate for your interests, and ensure that your case is compellingly presented. With Cohen & Sinowski by your side, you can be assured of sound legal advice and unwavering guidance.
Connect with us today for a free consultation, and let us extend our arm of support. Because with Cohen & Sinowski, #localmatters.
Fatal car accidents in Georgia are a sobering reality. By recognizing the problem, addressing its causes, and being aware of the legal avenues, we can make Georgia’s highways safer. We owe it to each other to make sure we’re not just another statistic.