Georgia contains over 120,000 miles of roads, which host a surprising amount of traffic every single day. In fact, the Georgia Department of Transportation estimates that on an average day, vehicles in Georgia travel a total of nearly 300 million miles - that’s the equivalent of three roundtrips to Mars. But how does this incredible amount of traffic actually impact our daily lives? As you’ll see, Georgians face a number of challenges on our roads, from traffic congestion to serious injuries.
Vehicle accidents and the dangers of georgia roads
THE DANGERS OF
GEORGIA ROADSA closer look at vehicle accidents in Georgia
Georgia’s Roads at a
Georgia contains over 120,000 miles of roads, which
host a surprising amount of traffic every single day. In
fact, the Georgia Department ofTransportation
estimates that on an average day, vehicles in Georgia
travel a total of nearly 300 million miles - that’s the
equivalent of three roundtrips to Mars. But how does
this incredible amount of traffic actually impact our
daily lives?As you’ll see, Georgians face a number of
challenges on our roads, from traffic congestion to
In order to accommodate a high volume of traffic,
Georgia’s infrastructure is constantly in need of
attention.The following statistics fromTRIP, a non-profit
national transportation research group, highlight the
fact that the costs of infrastructure problems are often
being carried by our drivers.
■ Driving on deficient roads costs Georgians nearly $8
billion every year.
■ Traffic congestion costs Georgia drivers $3.8 billion
every year in the form of lost wages and wasted fuel.
■ 10 percent of major urban roads in Ga. are in poor
condition, and 16 percent of our bridges need
repairs, improvements or replacement.
■ From 2009 to 2013, 6,136 drivers were killed on
Georgia roads, an average of 1,227 fatalities every
year, according to Georgia Governor’s Office of
■ From 2009 to 2013, Georgia had 569,698 traffic-
related injuries, an average of nearly 114,000 injuries
■ In 2015, Georgia experienced one of the highest
increases in the rate of traffic fatalities - 22 percent.
■ Road fatalities in Georgia cost an estimated $1.63
billion every year.
for Georgia Drivers
■ Georgia was dubbed the “seventh worst state” for vehicle fatalities by Vox in
■ Over half (53 percent) of Georgia road fatalities occurred on urban roads in
■ An analysis of the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration by Vox
found that I-285 in Georgia was the deadliest interstate in the United States.
■ One report found that Atlanta’s roads were among the most dangerous in
the nation, especially the interchanges of I-285 and I-75 and I-285 and I-20.
■ Memorial Drive and N Road, Stone Mountain was one of the most dangerous
intersections in the state of Georgia, according to a report by Channel 2
■ The Intersection of Covington Highway and Panola Road in Lithonia was also
named one of the most dangerous intersections in the state.
■ In Macon, Gray Highway and Shurling Drive was named the most dangerous
intersection in the city by WGXA.
Three CommonTypes of
■ Rear-end collisions - Rear-end collisions are the most
common form of all vehicle collisions.The United
Transportation Union says they account for as many
as one-third of all vehicle accidents.
■ Head-on collisions - Head-on collisions are some of
the deadliest on our roads, frequently causing
fatalities or passenger ejections.
■ T-bone collisions -These collisions occur when the
front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another
vehicle.They are especially common at
Every form of transportation comes with its own
benefits and drawbacks. Unfortunately, no form of
transportation is completely risk-free.The term “vehicle
accident” can include:
■ Car Accidents
■ Truck Accidents (Consumer or commercial trucks)
■ Bus Accidents
■ Motorcycle Accidents
■ Bicycle Accidents
Common Causes of
It is estimated that over 90 percent of vehicle crashes are the result of human
error. Here are just a few common causes of automobile accidents:
■ Drunk driving - A person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes
in the United States.
■ Distracted driving - Every day in the United States, 8 people lose their life
and another 1,161 people are injured due to distracted driving.
■ Fatigued or drowsy driving - Fatigue contributes to 1,550 fatalities and 71,000
injuries in the United States every year.
■ Reckless driving practices –This includes improper lane changes, failure to
yield to traffic signals or traffic signs, and speeding or traveling too fast for
■ The presence of road debris - From 2011 to 2014, the presence of road debris
caused approximately 500 fatalities and 39,000 injuries in the United States.
■ Causes related to the vehicle -The two most common factors in accidents
caused by vehicles are tire problems, such as tire blowouts, and brake
failures (35 and 22 percent, respectively).
Common Injuries in
■ SpinalCord Injuries
■ Traumatic Brain Injuries
■ Internal damage
■ Wrongful death
Making Our Roads
We can all do our part to make roads in Georgia as safe as possible.
Here are a few tips that all Georgians should consider when getting
behind the wheel of their vehicle:
■ Be mindful of recalls that might include your vehicle.
■ Routinely inspect your vehicle’s headlights, tires, wipers and
■ Have a list of emergency contacts in your phone in case of a
■ Put away your phone or mobile device before driving.
■ If enjoying a night out that might involve drinking alcohol,
arrange transportation ahead of time.
What to Do After Being
Involved in aVehicle
If you have the unfortunate experience of being involved in a vehicle
accident, consider taking the following steps:
■ See if anyone involved is injured. If they are, call an ambulance
■ Call the police so an officer can respond to the scene.
■ If possible, move your vehicle off of the road.
■ Gather the information of the other driver, including their name,
phone number and insurance information.
■ If possible, take pictures of the scene.
■ Gather the contact information of anyone who witnessed the
■ If you or one of your passengers was injured, consider calling an
attorney as soon as possible.
HAVE YOU BEEN
INJURED?If you have been injured by the negligence of another driver, contact the Georgia vehicle accident
attorney David Mann. Victims often have to face a number of terrible consequences after a car crash,
including pain, suffering, medical bills, ongoing treatment, loss of income and loss of the ability to
work. David Mann will fight to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact him today to learn more about he can help you.