A lot has been done to prevent deadly car accidents. New cars have a lot of technology, like lane assist systems and blind spot monitoring, to stop crashes from happening. Police have run campaigns to combat dangerous behaviors, like texting and driving or drinking and driving.
With all of this work being done, you'd think deadly wrecks would get a bit less common every single year. However, the statistics out of Georgia paint the opposite picture. More and more deadly accidents are happening annually.
For instance, the latest statistics show that over 1,500 people passed away after crashes in the last year studied. The Georgia Department of Transportation notes that road fatalities have risen by a staggering 33 percent in the past 24 months alone.
That's a significant jump, and it's a concerning trend. If it continues, it won't take long for the totals to surpass 2,000 in a year. Right now, it averages out to around 4 deadly crashes every single day.
The biggest reason officials note is the ever-present distracted driving. Texting and driving is one of the major reasons for distraction, though things like eating behind the wheel also factor in. One official begged drivers to put their cellphones down when they were driving, noting that they're endangering everyone on the road, not just themselves.
Researchers understand the dangers of distracted driving. They've seen the statistics. Unfortunately, many drivers either do not grasp the scope of the problem or do not care, and they continue to do it. If you're hit and injured in 2018, make sure you know your potential rights to compensation.
Source: 13 WMAZ, "Fatal car accidents on the rise in Georgia," Gabrielle Dawkins, Jan. 22, 2018