In the current economic climate, gas prices are fairly low and people have more money in their pockets. However, this also means more people are taking to the roads. In fact, according to the latest statistics from the US Department of Transportations (USDOT), August 2018 has seen a 1.2 percent increase in traffic volume since August 2017.
During the same period, Georgia had an increase of 2.3 percent in traffic volume. And with more drivers on the road, that can only mean one thing – an increased likelihood of fatal accidents.
Only slight improvement nationally
According to an article by The Verge, traffic deaths have been hovering at around 40,000 per year in recent years, with 2017 experiencing a slight dip in (37,133 fatalities).
The first half of 2018 only showed mild signs of improvement; January to June saw a total of 17,120 traffic fatalities. This marked a 3.1 percent decrease from the same period in 2017.
You would think that with emerging safety technology in many new vehicles, we would see a significant reduction in road deaths. However, distracted driving continues to be a leading factor.
Moreover, traffic deaths involving pedestrians and bicyclists are at a 20-year high, according to The Verge. This can be attributed to a rise in traffic volume and average vehicle miles traveled in urban areas.
Safety goals not on target in Georgia
According to Patch, Georgia currently ranks 14th in the nation for having the most dangerous roads. Approximately 1,561 traffic fatalities happened statewide in 2016. The fatality rate for that year was 15.1 per 100,000 and the deadliest holiday was Martin Luther King’s Birthday (with a total of 17 fatal traffic accidents on January 18, 2016).
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has set a target to reduce statewide traffic fatalities by 41 or more per year. However, that goal was not met for 2017. According to the GDOT figures, there were 1,549 fatalities in 2017 – just 12 fewer than in 2016. That figure was well above the all-time low of 1,170 fatalities in 2014.
In the event that you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, it’s crucial that you contact a highly skilled attorney based in Macon, Georgia. Attorney Jon R. Hawk, Sr. can investigate the cause of your crash and fight to hold negligent drivers accountable.
Contact the Law Offices of Jon R. Hawk today to schedule a free consultation. We’re here to help you.