According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), there were 23,640 fatalities on Georgia's highways between 1994 and 2008. Not surprisingly, the most urban area, Fulton County, had 124 deaths. Lake Spivey highways were ranked third in the greatest number of fatalities with 48. Georgia ranked in the top 20 states for highway fatalities.
Though the traffic congestion of urban areas seems conducive with a high number of accidents and related fatalities, Georgia's rural roads are arguably even more dangerous. Statistics from the DOT show that in 2007 there were 527 deaths on Georgia's rural roads and 342 fatalities on highways.
Consulting a Lake Spivey attorney after a car accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Lake Spivey you should discuss your case with a car accident attorney at Shane Smith Law.
There are numerous potential explanations for why rural roads cause large numbers of fatalities:
- They frequently only have two lanes;
- They have no center divider;
- Lanes are narrow with no shoulder;
- They are not well lit at night;
- Many have curves or inclines that limit visibility and create blind areas;
- Wildlife may cross the road;
- Debris may remain on the road;
- Long desolate stretches can encourage speeding;
- Driveways where vehicles enter and exit traffic may not be clearly marked;
- There may be infrastructure problems such as potholes or pooling
- Emergency vehicles often take longer to respond to emergencies due to vast open areas and great distances between hospitals or police stations;
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Lake Spivey auto accident lawyer. Call Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.