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Georgia is one of the majority of states that have prohibited texting and driving. States have moved forward to ban sending and reading text while behind the wheel because distracted driving crashes are so much more likely to occur when a driver is texting. In fact, a texting driver is as much as 23 times more likely to get into a crash compared with a driver who is paying attention. mobile-phone-1104507-m

Since texting bans in most states have been in place for several years, researchers decided to conduct a survey in order to determine if these bans have had an impact. News Max recently reported on the results of the research, which revealed that there has been a decline in motor vehicle accidents in states with texting bans. Drivers need to be aware of texting bans and follow them in order to help contribute to the decline in traffic deaths. If motorists chose to drive while texting, an Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer can help victims of any resulting collisions to pursue a claim for compensation if a crash occurs.

Texting Bans Make an Impact on Motor Vehicle Accident Reductions

A total of 45 states, as well as Washington D.C., prohibit all drivers from texting. The majority of the states have a primary ban, but five states have a secondary ban so a driver can be cited for texting only if they also break other traffic laws. Of the five states that do not prohibit all drivers from texting, there are some limits in all of them, such as prohibiting young drivers or school bus drivers from texting behind the wheel.

Researchers reviewed information on crash data from states that passed texting and driving bans between 2003 and 2010. The research revealed that there was a seven percent decline in the hospitalization rate for motor vehicle accidents compared with states that did not have a ban in place.

Although this decline could be a positive indicator that texting bans are working, researchers indicate that they cannot definitely prove the bans caused the decline. However, the team who conducted the research tried to account for other factors that might have played a role in explaining the decline. This includes things like speeding, driving while impaired, handheld phone use, and teen driving restrictions.

Even when filtering out these other possible causes of reduced accident rates, texting bans still appeared to cause a decline in hospitalization for motor vehicle accidents. The biggest impact was in the states that had primary enforcement texting bans, so drivers can be pulled over on suspicion of texting alone.

The impact of this study could perhaps prompt other states to act in order to make motorists safer. The decline in traffic collisions should also provide further encouragement to motorists to stop text and driving, if they have not already done so. Drivers are legally responsible for their negligence behind the wheel, and texting is one of the most careless and high-risk behaviors a person could engage in.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a distracted driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

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Technology has found its way into vehicles and many people rely on devices in their cars in order to keep them safe and tell them where they are going. The use of technology in cars is actually expanding, and self-driving cars are rapidly becoming a real possibility that may be available to consumers soon.  Unfortunately, all of this reliance on technological devices can make consumers complacent and can put them at risk of crashes when technology fails. car-navigation-system-by-gps-1-236993-m

Ultimately, drivers are the ones who are responsible for being safe and making smart choices behind the wheel and drivers will be the ones who are held accountable when they fail to do what they are supposed to. An Atlanta car accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide legal representation to clients injured in crashes caused by drivers who have relied too much on technology and not enough on common sense and following safety rules.

GPS Devices Could Cause Atlanta Crashes When Drivers Don’t Pay Attention

One of the most ubiquitous pieces of technology found in cars today is the GPS device. People rely on these devices to tell them where they are going, often to their detriment.  Consumer Affairs, for example, reported on a recent tragic crash in which a 64-year-old driver followed GPS directions right off of an elevated road. The road had been partly demolished and the driver was following his GPS and drove off the edge, causing the car to fall 37 feet onto the pavement below.  The crash caused the car to start on fire, and the driver’s wife was killed in the accident.

The accident isn’t the first to be caused by bad GPS directions. Drivers have taken their car into rivers, onto airport runways, and onto unpaved logging roads. One airport in Alaska had so many drivers following bad GPS directions that the airport had to put up roadblocks to stop people from continuing to drive on the runways.

When a GPS gives bad directions, sometimes people sue.  Tech Live, for example, reported on a woman who sued after Google Maps walking directions told her to walk onto a highway with no sidewalks. She did, suffered severe injuries, and filed a lawsuit.

It is arguable whether a GPS should be held responsible when people follow wrong directions and get hurt. While the drivers in these scenarios may or may not be victims, it is clear that the passengers are.  Passengers who are injured by a driver who follows GPS directions into a dangerous situation could try to pursue a claim for compensation from the driver who hurt them. If the passenger can prove a reasonable driver would have been more careful and not made the dangerous mistake, the passenger can recover compensation for losses.

Drivers who pay attention to the GPS and not the road could also become involved in accidents with other motorist, with pedestrians or with bicyclists.  These victims could also pursue a claim for compensation by showing the driver was unreasonably negligent and should have been more careful behind the wheel.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a distracted driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

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Drowsy driving is difficult to prevent because it is hard to make laws regarding whether private citizens can drive their cars when they are tired. While truckers have maximum drive time rules to follow, these types of rules would be virtually impossible to pass or enforce when it comes to average motorists on the road. girl-in-bed-1034045-m

In 2013, around four percent of drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a nationwide survey. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also estimated that between 2.2 and 2.6 percent of all deadly U.S. crashes involve fatigued drivers. This seems like a low percentage of crashes, but it still means that 72,000 crashes every single year are caused by people who are too tired to be safe drivers.

Because of the huge number of lost lives and serious injuries in drowsy driving crashes, the NHTSA has announced that it will be making drowsy driving prevention one of the agency’s top areas of focus this year. Victims of drowsy driving also need to understand that they have legal options if they are involved in a crash caused by a fatigued motorist. An Atlanta drowsy driving accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help those who have been involved in fatigued driving collisions to pursue a claim for compensation.

NHTSA Tackles Drowsy Driving Crash Prevention

The NHTSA administrator told Automobile Magazine that drowsy driving crash prevention has become a top goal for the agency because so many people are at risk. He warned that “while not everybody drinks, or texts, or speeds, lack of sleep is a problem we all face. And falling asleep at the wheel at 70 mph is a recipe for disaster.”

The agency has not disclosed its specific plans to try to tackle the issue of drowsy driving. However, some of the things that the agency has indicated it plans on doing include:

  • Educating the public about drowsy driving dangers through more public awareness campaigns.
  • Gathering more data and information about how common drowsy driving is to better understand the scope of the problem.
  • Doing further research into some of the causes associated with driving while fatigued.
  • Conducting research into legal and technological approaches to reducing drowsy driving to determine what options may be most effective.

Technology may prove to be a solution while setting legal rules prohibiting drowsy driving remains a challenge. Rumble strips are a simple and classic approach to helping stop drowsy driving crashes. These strips are found already on many roads and can sometimes work to wake drivers up when they have veered off the road and out of their lane because they have fallen asleep or started to doze off.

Some more high-tech solutions may also be on the horizon, including computer algorithms to detect if a driver is getting tired.

Until these technological innovations come to fruition, drivers remain solely responsible for making their own safe decisions to prevent drowsy driving crashes. If a motorist doesn’t exercise reasonable care and gets behind the wheel when too fatigued, an Atlanta drowsy driving accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter can help victims of any resulting crash to pursue a damage claim for compensation.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a drowsy driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

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Teens are the age group most likely to become involved in car crashes for many reasons. One big reason why teens are at such great risk is that they may be more susceptible to distraction. Many young people use electronic devices as they drive. Teens with young passengers in the car with them are also not very effective at multi-tasking and tend to become involved in more crashes than if they are in the vehicle alone. boys-1185050-m

While the dangers of distracted driving accidents have been well-known for some time, a recent study conducted by the AAA Traffic Foundation shows that the risk to teens may be much worse than previously anticipated.

The new AAA study suggests that teens may be four times more likely to become involved in distracted driving crashes than earlier estimates showed. If a teen becomes involved in a crash due to distracted driving, the Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide representation to victims who need to get compensation for their collision losses.

Teen Distracted Driving a Danger to Motorists

Prior records of teen distracted driving collisions were based on police data. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has now taken a new approach to determining how many crashes involve distracted driving. The AAA Foundation reviewed videos that were taken in teen crashes. The videos came from systems that are installed in vehicles by parents in order to monitor how their teen children were driving. When there is a sudden impact, when a teen steps on the brakes hard, or when the car takes a curve too quickly, the video begins to record.

According to the Washington Post, AAA reviewed almost 1,700 videos that depicted the seconds before a motor vehicle collision. The videos included acceleration data, audio data, and video data. The researchers looked to see whether the motorists in the vehicles were distracted. Based on the review of the videos, it was revealed that a total of 58 percent of teens who were involved in accidents were distracted in the time leading up to the crash.

There were six primary distractions identified that were responsible for the bulk of the teen car crashes. These included:

  • Passenger interactions. A total of 15 percent of teen distracted driving accidents involved teens paying attention to other passengers inside of their vehicles.
  • Cell phone use. Teens were on their phones in about 12 percent of accidents.
  • Looking at something in the car.
  • Looking at something outside the car that was not the road.
  • Singing or moving to music.
  • Grooming behaviors.
  • Reaching over to grab items inside the car

Teens do not have as much driving experience and aren’t as able to make quick decisions when hazards arise, so when they do these behaviors, there is a very real chance they will hurt themselves or others. When they do, victims need to get the legal help they need to try to recover compensation for damages.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a distracted driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

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Drunk drivers are supposed to lose their license for a set period of time. The specific amount of time varies depending upon whether they have prior offenses and, in some cases, how high their blood alcohol concentration was at the time they were behind the wheel. The goal of these restrictions is both to act as a deterrent to prevent drunk driving and to keep people who could potentially be dangerous off of the roads. bottles-745639-m

Since DUI license suspensions are supposed to make the roads safer, it may come as a surprise that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is in support of one city’s plan to eliminate an automatic 30-day suspension for impaired motorists. There are multiple arguments being made as to why this automatic suspension should be lifted, but the key is that it would instead be replaced by a requirement that DUI-offenders have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles.

Developing effective ways to prevent DUI accidents is essential, regardless of the specific methods used. Those who are hurt or who lose loved ones in drunk driving accidents face tremendous loss. An Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide legal representation to victims and help them to recover compensation for both economic and non-monetary damages.

Could Ignition Interlock Devices Stop Atlanta Drunk Driving Accidents?

The Chicago Tribune reported on the proposal, which has been made by the Illinois State Bar Association, to lift the required 30-day suspension of a person’s license after a DUI arrest. The proposal is not only supported by Mothers against Drunk Driving, but another local advocacy group called Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists has also expressed qualified support.

The 30-day suspension is supposed to apply to everyone and be mandatory, but this is not actually happening. Instead, some people are working out deals to avoid it in exchange for paying large sums of money. People end up being desperate not to lose their license, since the vast majority of people absolutely need to drive in order to go to their jobs or take their children and family members where they need to go. So, some people get the benefit of paying big money to stay on the roads even after a DUI arrest, while others don’t. These plea deals with big fines do nothing to improve road safety, and eliminating the 30-day required suspension would reduce the incentive for the deals to be made.

The suspension also results in many people driving with a suspended license because they simply feel they have no choice but to do so. This makes the roads even less safe.

If the requirement for the suspension was lifted and instead every motorist had to have an ignition interlock device installed, this would help to ensure people weren’t driving drunk since they would literally be unable to start their cars if they were impaired.

Many advocacy groups believe ignition interlock devices are one of the keys to stopping repeat DUIs, and many argue that they should be a requirement for all DUI offenders. Since they are not currently mandatory after a DUI, many people do become repeat drunk drivers- sometimes stopping only if they are jailed for causing a deadly collision or an accident that leads to serious injury.

If you or someone you love is the victim of a collision with any drunk driver, you need to know your rights.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a drunk driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Cities throughout the United States are taking innovative steps to try to eliminate traffic fatalities. Varying techniques are being employed, ranging from lowering speed limits to pushing non-vehicle transportation, in an effort to achieve “Vision Zero.” Some of these plans are modeled after systems used in other countries that have been successful at achieving dramatically lower death rates than the United States. crashed-car-1148745-m

While no fatalities of any motorist may be an unrealistic goal, it is still a good goal to set if it can focus lawmakers’ attentions on the problem of motor vehicle deaths and if it leads to policies being put into place that make the roads safer. Anything that reduces the number of people killed in traffic accidents is a step in the right direction because fewer deaths means fewer families suffering tremendous financial and emotional loss.

When traffic accident deaths do happen, victims need to understand their rights. An Atlanta car accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide representation if you or someone you love is hurt in a motor vehicle accident. Call today to learn more.

How to Achieve Vision Zero

Washington D.C. became the latest city to adopt a vision zero traffic plan. Other cities including New York City, Portland, San Francisco, and Chicago have also adopted vision zero, but Atlanta has not done so. Georgia’s plan to reduce traffic collisions is instead a “strategic highway safety plan” that is “data-driven” and “focused on key initiatives that can be attained through…. education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical services.”

Vision zero is based on a county-wide program that Sweden adopted in 1997 that has been tremendously successful (over the course of 2013, only 264 people died in all road crashes in Sweden). The principles of vision zero include things like:

  • Designing roads by prioritizing safety, rather than prioritizing convenience or speed.
  • Setting low speed limits in urban areas.
  • Creating pedestrian zones and putting up barriers separating cars from bicycles and oncoming traffic.
  • Building 900 miles of “2+1” roads that require each lane of traffic to take turn using a middle lane for passing (This alone is estimated to have saved 145 lives over the course of a decade).
  • Adding pedestrian bridges.
  • Adding zebra striped crosswalks that are protected by speed bumps and demarcated by flashing lights.
  • Adding a total of 12,600 safe crossings for pedestrians.
  • Strict policing to reduce drunk driving.

New York City has reduced its speed limit to 25 MPH in residential areas recently, borrowing from Sweden’s model, and D.C. already has the limit set at this level. New vision zero efforts for most cities will likely involve redesigning streets in order to improve safety for bikers and walkers.

It remains to be seen how successful these efforts are at reducing fatalities in U.S. cities. If other locations are successful, perhaps Atlanta too will one day introduce a vision zero plan.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a motor vehicle accident. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can initiate rules and, if those rules are passed, can impose requirements on vehicle manufacturers. This includes manufacturers of large trucks. The NHTSA will start the rule making process if it is believed there is a legitimate safety need that could be served. i-haul-299523-m

Trucking Info reports that four different highway safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to begin the rule making process to create a rule requiring forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses that have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 or more. The hope is that these systems would reduce the risk that truck driver error could cause the trucks to hit obstacles in their path.

While technologies can help avoid crashes, ultimately responsibility for driving safely will continue to fall on the trucker. If you or someone you love is hurt in a crash with a commercial motor vehicle, an Atlanta truck accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you and help you to make a damage claim for compensation.

Trucking Advocates Argue for Mandatory Crash Prevention Technology

Safety advocates arguing that there is reliable technology available that can help reduce truck crashes today- so there is no reason not to mandate that this technology be used.

The F-CAM technology use sensors and radar to detect if there is an obstacle in the path of the driver. If the driver does not respond right away to the Forward Collision Warning (FCW), then the vehicles will brake automatically when the truck gets too close to something in front or detects a slow-moving vehicle in front. The automatic braking system is called a Crash Mitigation Braking (CMB) system. Even if the CMB system does not necessarily stop the truck in time, it would at least reduce the speed of the vehicle and lessen the impact and crash severity.

F-CAM and CMB systems are already installed in many commercial motor vehicles; but not all. The systems that are currently installed are not subject to any national performance standards and not all trucking companies buy the systems. In fact, just three percent of more than three million standard tractor-trailers on U.S. roads today have this type of crash prevention technology.

Safety advocates believe if the NHTSA initiated rule making and moved forward with a rule, standards could be developed, the technology could be improved, and lives could be saved because more vehicles would be able to stop automatically before striking another car. Trucking Info quotes data suggesting as many as 2,500 crashes could be prevented with current technology and up to 6,300 crashes could be prevented with future generation systems. This is a lot of lives that could be saved if the NHTSA acts.

Regardless of what the agency does, truck drivers need to continue to pay attention to the road and stop when there is something in their path. If a distracted driver doesn’t stop on time and causes a collision, an Atlanta truck accident attorney can help victims take legal action for resulting loss.

The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a big rig, tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Pedestrians remain at significant risk of injury or fatalities in Atlanta car accidents. The Governors’ Highway Safety Association recently released a troubling new report indicating that the death rate of pedestrians remained almost unchanged nationwide in 2014 as compared with 2013. While the report is based on preliminary data, it is still bad news for pedestrians considering there were significantly more walkers killed on the roads in 2013 than there were just a few years ago. pedestrian-crossing-box-1193996-m

Pedestrians are at risk for a lot of reasons, including the fact that most roads are still designed primarily for the convenience of drivers. Efforts to make roads more pedestrian and bike friendly are underway, but there is still a need for significant improvement.

Another big issue, however, is that drivers remain unsure how to safely share the road with people who are walking. Drivers need to take responsibility for paying attention to the road, looking for pedestrians, and driving in a reasonably careful way to keep walkers safe. If a pedestrian is killed because of a driver’s failure to be reasonably careful, an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide assistance to the deceased’s family members in pursuing a wrongful death claim.

Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Death Toll Remains High

In 2013, there were around 15 percent more pedestrians killed in car crashes than there were in the year 2009. There were a total of 2,141 pedestrians who lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions during the first six months of 2013. Preliminary data has been provided for 2014 deaths from Washington D.C. and all 50 states, and this data indicates that around 2,125 people were killed in the first half of 2014. This means that close to as many pedestrian deaths occurred in 2014 despite efforts that are underway nationwide to try to save lives.

The fact that progress is not being made on reducing fatalities among pedestrians is troubling to the GHSA Executive Director, who commented that the GHSA’s goal is to bring the number of deaths down to zero. A former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also lamented the slow progress on reducing the number of deaths among pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents.

There has been some progress when looking at the long-term picture. In 1975, there were 7,516 pedestrians killed over the year as compared with 4,735 deaths during the whole of 2013. However, when comparing the percent of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes, the decline actually does not seem very significant. The rate of pedestrians killed in all car crashes was 17 percent in the 1970s and early in the 1980’s. In 2013, it was 14 percent.

Clearly, much more needs to be done since it has taken decades to even achieve this slight decline. Some states have increased their outreach efforts to educate the public on pedestrian safety while other government authorities are focused on changing road design to make the roads a safer place for people who opt to walk. Unfortunately, improvements are slow and the death rate will continue to be high until every motorist makes a commitment to be safe behind the wheel. If drivers don’t make the choice to watch for pedestrians and exercise reasonable care, pedestrian accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. are here to help you hold them accountable.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after a pedestrian accident injury. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Over the past 40 years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted five National Roadside Surveys in order to better understand the problems of drunk driving. The most recent survey has been released and shows that while significant progress has been made in reducing drunk driving, there has been a major increase in the risk of drugged driving.

Motorists need to be aware of the biggest risks on the road when it comes to impaired driving. If someone is behind the wheel who has used either prescription or non-prescription drugs, that person can be held accountable for causing a collision. An Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer can provide assistance to victims or surviving family members in pursuing a damage claim after a drunk driving crash occurs. weed-742772-m

Risks of Drugged Driving Collisions in Atlanta

The NHTSA study works by conducting a survey on the side of the road. Drivers are given a test that determines if they are on drugs or drunk at the time they are behind the wheel. The survey is voluntary and there are signs warning motorists that the survey site is ahead.  The data is collected anonymously and those who are drunk or on drugs are not arrested if they are considered impaired but instead are offered rides home.

The first of the surveys was conducted in 1973, and the most recent survey before the 2015 release was in 2007.

Since the 2007 survey, the number of drivers who tested positive for having alcohol in their system declined by around 1/3.  Since the first survey in 1973, there has been an 80 percent decline in the number of people who are drunk. The significant reduction in drunk drivers shows the success of groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and of campaigns like “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” The majority of people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving and the behavior has become socially taboo. The laws have also become much stricter on preventing impaired driving.   This helps to explain why only around eight percent of drivers on weekend nighttime hours had alcohol in their systems and only around one percent were at or over the legal limit.

Unfortunately, even as the number of drunk drivers has declined, the number of drugged drivers has increased.  In the most recent survey that was conducted in 2014 and released in 2015, almost one driver out of every four tested positive for at least one drug that could affect the ability to safely operate a vehicle.  This is a significant increase from 2007. In 2007, around 16.3 percent of the drivers who participated in the survey had evidence of drugs in their system and now around 20 percent do.  Marijuana, in particular, was much more common and there was nearly a 50 percent increase in the number of drivers with marijuana in their bodies.

Drivers need to know that operating a vehicle on drugs can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. A motorist who is impaired by drugs can be arrested, and can also be found liable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if he causes a car crash while driving under the influence.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a drunk driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

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Each year, the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety release a Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws.  This roadmap gives each state a ranking of either red, yellow or green based on how well the state has done in passing laws to protect motorists. Red means poor performance; yellow means moderately positive performance with room for improvement, and green means that the state has shown “significant advancement” towards implementing recommended highway safety laws. law books

The state of Georgia received a “yellow” ranking this year.  Georgia got credit for having 10 important safety laws out of 15 total recommended regulations.  While the state wasn’t the worst in terms of protecting motorists, its yellow ranking means there is lots of room to improve. Georgia lawmakers should consider passing legislation that addresses deficiencies in safety rules, while drivers need to be aware of what behaviors are considered risky and should do everything they can to avoid those actions.  If a driver does something unsafe, regardless of whether it is against the law or not, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help those who are hurt in the crash to pursue legal action against that motorist.

How Could Georgia Do Better to Prevent Collisions?

The state of Georgia had 1,179 fatalities over the course of 2013 and has had a total of 14,315 car accident deaths over the past 10 years. The annual economic cost due to motor vehicle collisions in the state reaches $12.485 billion.

Georgia could help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries that occur in car crashes by implementing recommended laws including:

  • Primary enforcement of rear seatbelt laws: This would allow police to pull over and cite motorists if passengers in the back seats did not have a seatbelt on. There is already a primary enforcement seat belt law allowing police to issue tickets if drivers in the front aren’t belted.
  • Graduated driver’s license laws. Graduated driver’s license rules aim to reduce teen collisions by gradually giving young people more freedom to drive. Georgia does not currently impose a minimum age of 16 for a new driver to get a learner’s permit. The state also does not have adequate restrictions on the number of passengers that can ride in the car with new teen drivers, nor does it have sufficient restrictions on nighttime driving for new teen drivers.
  • Ignition interlock device for all offenders. An ignition interlock requires a driver convicted of drunk driving to blow into a breath test installed in his vehicle before the car will start.

Georgia has already implemented a lot of the recommended safety rules including requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets, and limiting the use of cell phones and handheld electronic devices for motorists. However, the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety believe that implementing these additional recommendations could make a big difference in helping to bring down the death toll in the state.

Regardless of the laws, however, teens have a responsibility to make sure they drive safely and don’t get into situations that could cause a collision risk, while all motorists should refrain from impaired driving and ensure that every passenger in the car is buckled in.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.