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Increase in the number of bodily injuries and risk for fatalities from auto accidents Impacts Gwinnett County

Based on the U. S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 there were 2.24 million people that suffered bodily injuries compared to 2.22 million in 2009. This translates into an increase of 1.6 percent from 2009 to 2010.

This figure is compared to the NHTSA’s lowered figure of persons killed in motor vehicle crashes during the same time-frame. The number of people killed in auto accidents in 2010 was 32,885 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009. While the study notes the increase in vehicle occupants is statistically insignificant, it does show the public roads and highways of Fayette County Georgia produce countless accidents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 282,000 teenagers suffered bodily injuries requiring emergency medical services from auto accidents. These bodily injuries cost $19 billion for males and $7 billion for females related to auto accidents.   

This CDC study puts people aged 16 to 19 years old at the highest risk for auto accidents and incidents of bodily injuries. On a mile-to-mile basis, this age group has a 300% greater chance than drivers 20 years of age and older to be involved in one or more auto accidents and/or suffer bodily injuries or a fatality. This study also points out the following risk groups related to auto accidents and bodily injuries:

  • Male operators and their passengers 16 to 19 years old in 2010 were nearly twice as likely to be involved in one or more auto accidents.
  • The risk of bodily injuries is greatly increased with one or more passenger(s) in the car of a teenage operator.
  • Newly licensed teens are particularly prone to auto accidents during the first month of licensure.

Serving victims and their families of auto accidents in Gwinnett County and elsewhere in Georgia, the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you protect you legal rights. Call us at (888) 927-6955 to schedule a consultation so we can evaluate your individual circumstances.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia