Georgia residents who are concerned about their safety and the safety of their loved ones on the road have reason to worry. Even as automobile manufacturers continue to improve the safety features included in new vehicles, including collision prevention features, many innocent people are killed in car accidents every year.
According to records provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state of Georgia has experienced significant increases in the number of people killed in vehicle wrecks for the past two years in a row. In 2014, there were 1,164 deaths on the roads and highways of Georgia. The following year there were 1,432 vehicular deaths and in 2016 that number increased again to 1,554.
Over the five years spanning 2012 to 2016, Cobb county was the location of 263 vehicular fatalities. Only three other counties in the state experienced more deaths on the road than Cobb County in that timeframe. In Gwinnett and Dekalb Counties, 273 and 364 people did in car accidents. Fulton County lead the state in auto deaths with 472. In other counties that border Cobb County, automotive fatalities over these five years ranged from 65 in Cherokee County to 120 in Bartow County.
Statewide, multiple factors contributed to the deaths including alcohol, speed and more. Those killed ranged from drivers to passengers to pedestrians and more. If you would like to learn more about the number and types of car accident and how you or your loved ones can get help after a crash, please feel free to visit the vehicular fatality compensation page of our Georgia personal injury website.