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Auto Accident Statistics

Georgia Car Accident Attorney Shane Smith Shows Just How Dangerous Things Are on Georgia’s Roads

Based on figures from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, it seems like the statistics show just how dangerous things are for drivers on Georgia’s roads. Here are some numbers:

During 2012, the percentage of multi-vehicle auto accident near intersections went up markedly for individuals between 60 to 64 years of age. Multi-vehicle accidents at road intersections made up 35 percent of all crashes involving fatalities for operators 80 years of age and more senior, versus 18 percent for motor vehicle operators between 20 to 59 years of age. 

2012 saw the number of fatalities for men and women aged 70 to 74 tick-up on a per capita basis, with men having a greater death rate compared to women.

If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries or have lost a family member due to a car crash, consulting with a Buford car accident lawyer will help you determine what your legal options are, including the potential for a personal injury claim.

What might contribute to this?

According to HelpGuide, there are many factors that may contribute to higher levels of senior citizen-related auto accidents. These include:

  • Senior citizens may not have the same grip and arm strength available because of the aging process. This lack of strength may contribute to an inability to move their car and avoid an accident.
  • When mature drivers experience pain in their lower extremities, especially their legs, accidents may be caused because they can’t accelerate or stop their car to avoid an accident.
  • The aging process over time slows the aging process. For senior citizens, the slowed reaction time may contribute to an accident because the time it takes to stop or move their vehicle might be too slow to avoid an on-coming car.

While the majority of senior citizens drive well and take their duty of care seriously when they drive, even the most well-intentioned senior citizen driver can cause an auto accident. Based on the circumstances of your accident, a lawsuit may exist; however, it is best to consult with a Gwinnett County car accident lawyer to see what options you have under Georgia law. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today to speak with a Georgia car accident lawyer.     


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia