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State Programs Reducing Auto Accident Injuries

Georgia Auto Accident Attorney Shane Smith Talks About The Safe Communities of Georgia Program

The latest statistics on injuries, as of November 2013, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  have just been  released. Unfortunately, 2012 saw 145,000 more injuries compared to 2011. The study  noted  that this is the first increase in the number of statistics since 1995.  Compared to 2011’s 2.22 million injuries, the increase for 2012 led to a 6.5 percent increase year-over-year, based on the NHTSA’s General Estimates System.  

Speaking with a Gwinnett County auto accident attorney will help you determine what you are entitled to under Georgia State law if you or a family member has been injured in a car accident.

This statistics show that the roads in Georgia and all over the country are getting more dangerous, putting innocent drivers at risk of suffering severe injuries. So, what is being done to help reverse and reduce the number of injuries in Georgia and elsewhere in America?

According to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) the Safe Communities of Georgia program helps communities in Georgia and elsewhere in the country combat severe injuries to drivers and passengers.     

How does the program work?

Working with federal agencies, GOHS implements the program based on its four guiding principles:  managing and analyzing data, working across agencies, involving citizens and implementing injury management protocols.

Managing and Analyzing Data

The program works with medical providers and insurers to see what types of injuries occur and the financial costs of those injuries. It helps public safety officials monitor what injuries and costs occur and what the program’s efforts are accomplishing and what may need to change.

However, this doesn’t include the emotional cost and pain and suffering that victims and their families suffer due to reckless and negligent drivers. Speaking with a Mountain Park auto accident lawyer will help determine what your legal rights are.

Working Across Agencies      

This portion includes law enforcement working with municipalities and county governments, along with schools, medical facilities and other community organizations.

Involving Citizens    

The program actively encourages citizens to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement officials to tip them off to erratic drivers before they cause accidents. It also helps law enforcement analyze certain types of injuries they may not be aware of or have missed through statistical analyses.

Implementing Injury Management Protocols

The program utilizes a holistic injury management system taking in account accident scene care, preventative measures and community-wide injury healing programs.

Although there are programs like The Safe Communities Program and others, not even negligent or reckless driver can or will be caught. Therefore, auto accidents are likely and injuries often result from poor and careless drivers. If you have been injured by one, you need to speak with a Georgia auto accident lawyer. Injured victims have a lot to worry about after experiencing an auto accident, the last thing you need to worry about is your legal rights. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free legal consultation with a Gwinnett County accident lawyer. 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia