Good News for Georgia Motorists: New Report Indicates the Peach State Has Reasonably Courteous Drivers
In recent years, neither Georgia nor the Atlanta metro area have rated very high in studies comparing regions for driver safety. A recent study conducted by carinsurancecomparison.com and published in the USA Today found that Georgia was 13th on the list of states with the worst drivers.
Georgia metro areas did not fare any better in the 10th Anniversary of Allstate's Best Drivers in America Report. This report rates the 200 most populated metro areas in the U.S. in terms of driver safety. Columbus was the highest rated metro area in Georgia at No. 73 while Augusta was ranked No. 92. Atlanta ranked a woeful No. 179 out of 200 metro regions. Admittedly, these studies are highly subjective, so the rankings are certainly subject to debate. However, anyone who regularly commutes in and around Atlanta knows that driving in our city can be treacherous.
While our state and city routinely make these lists, it appears we have finally fared well in one of these reports analyzing driver practices and safety. Although the new report does not refute the notion advanced in other studies that Atlanta motorists are poor drivers, it does indicate that we are relatively courteous drivers. The new report just released by Insure.com rates the states with the 'rudest drivers'. Although Georgia did not make the top 10 states with the least rude drivers, we still rated better than in recent safe driver surveys. States were classified into 4 categories: (1) most rude, (2) medium rude, (3) semi-rude and (4) least rude. Georgia was rated "semi-rude" with only about a dozen states in the more favorable category of least rude.
The study also looked at which states had strong dislikes of drivers from other states. California was number one on the list of 'haters' toward drivers from other states. Georgia did not fare so well on this list. Our state was tied for third with our animosity aimed at drivers from Alabama, Florida and Delaware.
Obviously, these types of studies and reports should take with a grain of salt, but there is a lesson to be taken from this report. Frequently, safe driving and courteous driving are closely connected. When drivers speed, tailgate and cut-off other drivers, these types of aggressive driving practices increase the risk of a traffic collision. By contrast, drivers who obey the speed limit, observe right of way rules and drive defensively make everyone on the roads of Georgia safer.
While it is common to refer to motor vehicle collisions as 'accidents', many crashes involve the conscious choice to engage in aggressive driving practices. Our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers see the tragic consequences of aggressive driving far too often, so we urge all Georgia motorists to make our roads safer by observing the 'Golden Rule" behind the wheel.
If you or your loved one is injured in a car accident or truck accident in Atlanta or the surrounding area, you might have a right to financial compensation for your injuries.
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