Based on a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, dated Nov. 14, 2013, there is some mixed news about traffic safety.

According to the agency, there were 33,561 deaths in 2012 compared to 2011’s number of deaths, an increase of 1,082 traffic-related deaths. Nearly three-quarters of these deaths happened during the first three months of 2012, with the majority of those being pedestrian and motorcycle victims.

The study also notes that despite the increase in traffic deaths, the level of deaths is still on par with 1950 traffic fatalities. Other statistics for 2012 include:

  • Motorcyclists experienced a 7.1 percent increase in accidents compared to 2011
  • Compared to 2011’s 9,865 drunken driving deaths, 2012 saw an almost 5 percent (4.6) increase. These auto accidents were caused primarily by drivers will blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of at least 0.15 or more
  • Increasing the use of seat belts is likely to help reduce the number of fatalities during night driving because two-third of all deaths at night were from un-buckled passengers and drivers.

Georgia was one of the 13 states in the country, along with the District of Columbia, that had lower traffic deaths. 

If you or a loved on has been injured or lost a loved one in a car crash, from a drunk driver or negligent sober driver, you may have a lawsuit. Speaking with Georgia County auto accident attorney is the only way to see how the law impacts your situation.

How to reduce your chances of an accident?

There are many ways to reduce your chances of getting in a car accident. These tips include:

  • Never drink and drive – this will help you remain as observant as possible and spot other negligent and reckless drivers
  • Drive during off-peak hours. Doing this will help you expose yourself to fewer cars, which will lower your chances of getting hit
  • Don’t drive distracted. Don’t drink, eat, text or anything else that may take your attention off the road. Accidents are caused and avoided by split-second decisions; being in control and ready to react instantly can mean the difference between life and death.

Although you take driving seriously and do everything you can to make yourself safe, sometimes there is nothing you can do and you are hit by a negligent driver. When this happens, you should speak with a Buford auto accident attorney. Doing this is essential, whether you have a case or not, because during your consultation with a Georgia auto accident attorney you will see if the parties in question are responsible and what damages may exist if a case can be pursued. Call to schedule your free legal consultation today at (770) 487-8999.  

Shane Smith
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