On average, every Georgian will be involved in a car crash once every 10 years. For drivers, it's a risk faced every day.
Georgia is a state of almost 10 million people. Of those, approximately 6 million were involved in car accidents from 2000 to 2006, according to the state's Department of Transportation (DOT) crash and statistics data.
The Georgia DOT attributes some of the numbers to a population boom; in Atlanta alone, the population increased more than 30% during the 6-year period. This can lead to increased risk for crashes, as well as slower emergency response time.
On the other side of the spectrum lie rural areas. While such counties face a smaller number of accidents, the chance for fatalities is higher than their urban counterparts, due to winding roadways with no barriers and off-road accidents. In Atlanta; however, the number of fatal crashes is much smaller.
The following are some examples:
- 398 crashes in the Atlanta area were fatal in 2006, out of more than 150,000.
- A staggering 49, 939 people were injured in Atlanta car accidents that same year. That's a third of all car crashes in the Atlanta area.
The state is doing its part to make roadways safer by installing more concrete barriers, widening shoulders and adding reflectors to road markers.
But while improvements have been made, no road or car is completely safe. Atlanta car accidents can be reduced through safe speeds and caution, but risk is not fully eliminated.
With so many drivers sustaining injuries, this creates the perfect storm for personal injury and property damage situations. With those numbers in mind, the importance of insurance protection and legal representation for any accident is critical.
Read our full article to learn what steps you should take after an Atlanta car accident.
If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness in a traffic accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke to schedule a no cost consultation of your personal injury case - 404-842-7838.