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Georgia’s Safe Communities Program Aims to Reduce Auto Accident Injuries

Caleb Accident Attorney I Shane Smith Explains How the Community Pulls Together to Reduce Traffic Related Injuries

In 2011 there were over 2,217,000 injuries due to auto accidents. In 2010, nearly 2.24 million operators and passengers were injured in motor vehicle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010 the cost of injuries from car crashes was nearly $100 billion – this is almost $500 for every man, woman and child in the United States. In fact, injuries are so prevalent that every 14 seconds another injury occurs.   

In response to the prevalence of injuries suffered by Georgia residents, government, private organizations and individual citizens have banded together to form Safe Communities. This organization is used on a national basis and especially in Georgia. The purpose of this organization is to minimize the number of auto accident related injuries through a comprehensive government, private sector and individual basis.

Working on both a county and local basis, each community works synergistically to analyze statistics, promote awareness through public information campaigns and through law enforcement upholding each and every traffic law.

The program works through four discrete, but connected methods:  citizen involvement, linked data, thorough and expanded partnerships and comprehensive injury control programs.

Citizen Involvement

Citizens are able to speak up about possible injury issues and ask that their Safe Community group aid them in assessing and determining problem areas.

Linked Data

Local communities are able to understand the true impact of each type of injury and the cost associated with it based on a financial basis. This helps communities determine where and what types of injuries are taking place and will enable them to devise a method to determine how to prevent future injuries.

Thorough and Expanded Partnerships

Working through new partnerships, this organization is creating an even more comprehensive network with the traditional list of law enforcement groups, municipalities, schools and is complemented with medical professionals to maximize the use and pooling of traffic and injury related statistics.

Comprehensive Injury Control Programs

This program uses a complete system that prevents, manages and analyzes injuries from prevention, to emergency medical care and post-treatment physical therapy in working with the communities’ injuries.

Even though Georgia has a strong and effective coalition, many people across Georgia unfortunately are still injured and killed in auto accidents caused by negligent and reckless drivers. If you or a family member has suffered severe injuries or have died due to an auto accident, you may have a personal injury claim. The only way to determine what your accident’s circumstances legally entitles you to is by speaking with a Caleb accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia