It’s something we take for granted. Every day, we get in our cars to commute to work or run errands, rarely thinking about the inherent dangers we take on by getting behind the wheel. You can do everything right and still find yourself in an accident. Almost everyone has seen friends or family members injured in car accidents, but still, the true scope of the peril never comes into focus.
That’s why these numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) are so alarming. Consider the following statistics:
- For people aged 3 to 33, traffic accidents are the number one cause of death.
- Between 2000 and 2006, upwards of six million people were involved in car wrecks in the state of Georgia.
- Of those, nearly one million suffered injuries, which equals an average of 2,500 injuries per week.
- A staggering 11,435 people were killed in that same time period, which is a per-week average 31.
Both the NHTSA and the GDOT work to reduce these numbers but with drunk, distracted and negligent drivers on the road, driving our roads will never be entirely safe.
At Mitchell Shapiro Greenamyre & Funt LLP, we see each of those numbers as human beings. People who are suffering and families that are now burdened with medical bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering and lost wages. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of experience helping these victims and their families get the compensation they need to get back on their feet.