According to recently released reports from NHSTA, traffic deaths across the U.S. rose by 7.2 percent in 2015 compared to 2014.

Georgia had an increase of 45 traffic fatalities with a total of 701. Georgia is ranked 17th in per capita fatalities.

The 35,092 fatalities across the U.S. in 2015 ended a downward trend that began in 2005. The data also found:

  1. Traffic deaths resulting from intoxicated drivers increased by 3.2%.
  2. Traffic deaths caused by distracted drivers increased by 8/8%.
  3. The number of people injured in traffic accidents increased by 105,000 to more than 2.4 million.

While NHSTA reports that more people were driving due to job growth and lower gas prices, the fact remains that many of these fatalities could have been avoided had a driver chose not to drink then drive, or had chosen to remain vigilant while driving.

This weekend there will be many vehicles on the roadways. You can hopefully arrive alive by doing the following:

  1. do not drink alcohol then drive;
  2. use a designated driver;
  3. put the mobile device away while driving; don’t drive distracted;
  4. pay attention to your speed.

If your loved one is killed in a traffic accident, you may have a legal cause of action known as a “Wrongful Death” Claim. My team of lawyers has handled numerous Wrongful Death cases, and will work tirelessly to guide our clients through the legal process, with an unsurpassed tenaciousness and commitment for the best outcomes possible. Call me if you have any questions about a Wrongful Death Claim, or any other injury claim you or your loved ones may have.

Be Safe this Weekend!