Despite Record Low in Traffic Fatalities Distracted Driving Still a Serious Problem in Georgia
A new report just released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that despite the tragic number of serious injuries and deaths in motor vehicle accidents there is some good news. Motor vehicle related deaths in the United States fell to their lowest level since 1950. Even more surprising, this decline in auto accident related fatalities occurred despite an increase in the number of miles traveled, suggesting that attempts to make roads, drivers, and vehicles safer are working.
The trend toward a decline in motor vehicle related fatalities extended to all types of traffic accidents, even motorcycle accidents, despite an increase every year for the last eleven years. Not coincidentally, the NHTSA study report also indicated that the number of drunk driving accident related fatalities also declined by 7.4% from the previous year.
This report is welcome news because it indicates that our roads are safer than ever. However, the news is not all positive as over 33,000 people still die, and another 2.2 million are injured in motor vehicle accidents. The NHTSA report identified distracted driving as a key safety issue, which leads to serious auto accident injuries and fatalities. Specifically, the NHTSA identified cell phone related car accidents and auto accidents while texting as a continuing major cause of motor vehicle collisions. Distracted driving can lead to all types of motor vehicle accidents including trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, two car accidents, single car accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Many car accident experts now characterize cell phone related accidents, including texting while driving, as the drunk driving epidemic of the current generation.
It has been estimated that cell phone use results in over 6,000 car accident fatalities per year. It has also been suggested that the rise in texting has led to an increase in cell phone related accidents because it is more distracting to drivers and results in the driver taking their eyes off the road more frequently and for longer periods of time. The issue of distracted drivers is so significant that the NHTSA announced a summit on this issue so that they can address how to more effectively reduce the risk of distracted driver related traffic accidents. It is against the law to text while driving in Georgia.
While the roads are clearly getting safer, unfortunately, the risk of being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident is still very high. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a Georgia car accident, the compassionate, Georgia auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will seek the compensation you or your family are entitled to under Georgia law. We have been representing those involved in motor vehicle accidents throughout the State of Georgia for over 35 years. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.
To learn about Montlick & Associates' efforts to prevent injuries caused by texting while driving, click here. You can also watch the ABC News segment on "Avoiding Driver Distractions" that was presented by Montlick & Associates' Family Safety Advocate Jaquie Palisi, as part of our extensive committment to family safety and preventing injuries.