The Georgia Department of Public Safety says investigators reported ten fatal Georgia crashes over holiday weekend. The New Year’s day weekend accidents resulted in 13 deaths.
This is a decrease from the 20 deaths recorded over the Christmas holiday weekend. However, only two deaths occurred early in 2020 when New Year’s Day fell on a Wednesday.
Among this year’s victims was a DeKalb County police veteran. Sergeant Daniel Mobley died on Saturday after a vehicle struck him on the Downtown Connector around 9 a.m.
Mobley was responding to a crash involving another police officer and he was struck when he stepped out of his car.
Mobley, who had been with the department for 22 years, was pronounced dead on arrival at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was 44-years-old.
The accident remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, both local police departments and state troopers investigated dozens of vehicular accidents in the 78-hour period that started at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Among them were troopers from Cartersville, Dalton, Marietta, Americus, Waycross, and Douglas.
According to DPS, troopers investigated 474 crashes that caused 181 injuries and 11 fatalities. They also arrested 372 people suspected of driving under the influence. As many as 7,976 citations and 9,237 warnings were issued.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and DeKalb County Police Department reported one traffic death each.
New Year’s Day is generally considered one of the most dangerous days on the road and law enforcement personnel are usually out in high numbers.
If you sustained injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or your loved one succumbed to their injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. A Georgia car accident attorney can assist you in building a case.