Fourteen Killed in Traffic Accidents in Georgia Over Thanksgiving Holiday
Thanksgiving is a danger holiday for car accidents and this year proved to be no exception. The Georgia State Patrol is reporting that fourteen people tragically died in the state over a 102 hour period during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a decrease from last year, when 19 people died on Georgia roads. One of the fatal accidents occurred in Bacon County, where the driver of a Chevrolet failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection and wound up in the path of a Dodge Challenger. The driver of the Chevrolet steered left, but was struck on the passenger side and overturned. The two passengers, a 28 year old woman and her five year old son, were not wearing seatbelts and flew out of the vehicle, both sadly perishing in the crash.
Another fatality involved a pedestrian accident. A 15 year old teen died in Camden County after being struck by a vehicle as she tried to cross the highway. Fatalities were also reported in Gwinnett County, Cartersville, and several other areas across the state.
Thanksgiving is a Hazardous Holiday for Road Users
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, families will often travel vast distances. The sheer number of families hitting the roadways, coupled with an increase in the number of intoxicated drivers, leads to heightened accident rates. According to AAA data, over 600 people die on average during the Thanksgiving holiday period, making it one of the most dangerous holiday for travel.
The automobile accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, urge drivers to exercise extreme caution if they elect to travel during the upcoming holiday period. When you make your travel plans, anticipate that traffic will be heavy and give yourself extra time to arrive safely without needing to speed or feel rushed. If you drive during any holiday, be sure to:
- Wear your seat belt at all times and make sure all passengers are buckled in, including children;
- Check over your vehicle before setting off to ensure it is in proper working order. Pay attention to your tires, fuel, and fluid levels and pack emergency supplies;
- Do not drink and drive. If you plan to drink during the holidays, be sure to arrange for a sober driver or take an Uber/Lyft, taxi, or other form of safe transportation;
- Eliminate all distractions, which includes stowing your cell phone in a safe place where you will not be tempted to text or engage in other distracting behavior while driving;
- Drive defensively and keep a close eye on the actions of other drivers so that you can anticipate any dangers.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or other traffic accident, contact the Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting injured car accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 30 years of experience to your car accident case, providing you with the dedicated representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.