Personal injury is a risk that Georgia residents and other individuals and families spanning the country assume on a daily basis.
After all, we live in a fast-paced world, interacting with legions of other people in complex ways. Modern life moves quickly. Moreover, it is marked by constant change and ever-evolving circumstances.
That reality is evidenced daily by news reports and stories spotlighting injuries suffered by individuals that are caused by a host of negligent third-party actions and behaviors.
People are harmed by care providers’ medical mistakes. Dangerous consumer products are sometimes far more perilous than they are safe. Property owners with a reckless or wanton attitude toward safety on their premises are catalysts for myriad types of injuries suffered by members of the general public.
And then there are motor vehicle accidents. Those occurrences – routinely serious, often deadly – play out with sad regularity on roadways in Georgia and nationally. Their adverse impacts can hardly be overestimated.
What do national safety regulators say about dangerous driving?
There are many authoritative voices that speak out about the scourge of motor vehicle crashes and linked injuries.
Among the most prominent is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA conveys the following information tied to roadway deaths in the United States during just one recently measured year. Note that the following data relate solely to accidents caused by distracted drivers:
- “Alarming” level of distracted driving, especially concerning the heightened dangers linked to behind-the-wheel texting
- 2,841 deaths resulting from disengaged/inattentive motorists
- 400 pedestrian fatalities
- Scores of bicyclist deaths
What about Georgia? How prevalent are car crashes in the state?
Many reasonable guesses ventured by readers as to the scope of injury-causing motor vehicle accidents in Georgia might undershoot what empirical evidence actually reveals. Here are some takeaways from the state’s Department of Public Health:
- Vehicle crashes are “the leading cause of injury deaths”
- Moreover, crashes are the second leading cause of hospitalizations and ER visits
- Data underscore a notably high traffic death rate in Georgia compared with other states having similar populations
- Injury victims come from every age group and demographic
An injury victim’s right to a meaningful post-crash legal remedy
Many injury victims should reasonably feel empowered rather than powerless in the wake of a harmful negligent-linked accident. They (as well as surviving loved ones in the case of a wrongful death) can take proactive action that seeks maximum compensation applicable to the following and additional concerns:
- Medical expenses, including future outlays
- Lost wages
- Costs relevant to a long-term disability
- Funeral expenses and loss of life
An experienced and compassionate personal injury legal team can provide further information.