During this holiday season, our Atlanta car accident attorneys are, like many Americans, looking back at the past year and forward to next year. We saw one recent article that gave a roundup of the car accidents in a particular Georgia county, Forsyth County, for 2012. This week the 22nd person died in a vehicle accident in that county. Kathryn Dodd was not wearing a seatbelt and died when her 2005 Nissan Maxima veered off the road and hit a tree, throwing her from the vehicle.
Unfortunately, the number of traffic deaths has been increasing year by year. In 2010, the county had 12 road fatalities. In 2011, there were 17. This year, 22 fatalities and 2012 is not over yet. So far, six of the deaths have been due to not wearing a seatbelt, five to bad weather conditions, and five more to alcohol or drugs.
Sheriff Sergeant, Chris Sheldon said most vehicle fatalities were due to driving at high speeds on low speed or rural roads. One of the most dangerous areas wasn't on Ga. 400, but in an area known as Dawsonville Highway, which is officially Highway 53. Officer Sheldon noted that while the higher speed and bigger roads often have fender benders, the low speed in traffic keeps the accidents generally non-serious, while high speed accidents on twisting rural roads are often more deadly.
Officer Sheldon also highlighted alcohol and drug use, as well as distracted driving as major factors in the rise in road accident fatalities in his county. Starting this week, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is focusing on a holiday traffic campaign. The holiday campaign will extend through the first week of January, and will mainly involve seatbelt checks, distracted driver road checks, and DUI checkpoints. New Year's is an especially big night for people foolishly driving under the influence, so these measures are necessary this time of year. Also, with winter weather, there are more dangers with slick and slippery roads due to rain and ice, so Officer Sheldon said to "use extra caution when driving in the rain because you have no idea if it's turned to ice and slow down to give yourself more reaction time."
So, keep that in mind during the Christmas and New Year's season, and especially if the weather is bad. Not only for your own driving, but to watch out for other dangerous drivers on the road.
Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident where another person was at fault, contact the personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter. If the other driver was negligent or reckless, including drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, or driving in an unsafe way in bad weather conditions, you may be able to get compensation to help you with your injuries. If you have any questions or want to discuss a potential case, call our law office at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
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