Georgia Fatal Car Crashes on the Rise

Number of Georgia fatal car crashes increased in 2021

New data from the Georgia Department of Transportation show that more than 1,000 people have died on the state’s roads for the year so far. This is an eight percent increase in the number of Georgia fatal car crashes over the same period last year.

Pedestrian deaths jumped by almost 17 percent. The rise in traffic deaths started at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins said speeding, impaired driving, and distracted driving tend to be the biggest factors in crashes. Speed, he said, was especially likely to kill on metro Atlanta roads. Jenkins said there was a greater likelihood that someone would be killed or injured in a collision if speed was involved.

In just one weekend in September, 16 people were killed in car accidents.

Jenkins and other officials have warned road users about changing road conditions given the change in seasons. Jenkins said drivers have to pay greater attention to their surroundings when it gets darker earlier or the road is wet.

The increase in Georgia fatal car crashes is reflected across the country. Preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that in the first three months of the year, approximately 8,730 people died in car crashes compared with 7,900 deaths over the same period in 2020.

This reflects an increase of 10.5 percent even though the number of miles driven dropped by 2.1 percent.

For all of 2020, traffic fatalities jumped by 7.2 percent to reach 38,680. This was the highest annual total since 2007 although Americans drove 13 percent fewer miles. The January to March deaths in 2021 were also the highest in a first quarter since 2007.

If you lost a loved one in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Georgia car accident lawyer for advice and representation.


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