It’s no secret that driving in Georgia, especially in and around the Atlanta area, carries a significant amount of risk. In fact, according to recent studies by The Georgia Department of Drivers Services, Georgia is home to some of the most accident-prone roads in the United States, ranking the seventh highest state overall for fatal automobile accidents reported in 2013.

Even the most careful, law abiding drivers can be involved in dangerous automobile situations due to the negligence of others.

Consider the following statistics:

Georgia Car Accident Statistics

  • In 2017, Georgia had the fourth highest traffic fatalities in the nation (1,540)
  • In 2019, there were 404,043 car accidents reported, or around 1,107 accidents everyday
  • In 2019, there were a total of 1,490 fatalities related to automobile accidents
  • In 2018, there were 45,944 car accidents in Fulton County alone, 144 of them being fatal

Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been prevented by practicing safe driving. Operating a motor vehicle can be risky, therefore drivers must do everything in their power to reduce those risks.

Learn quick and simple ways to minimize your risk of being involved in a car accident:

How to Minimize the Risks

  1. Avoid distracted driving behaviors such as texting, eating or applying makeup
  2. Always abide by speed limits
  3. Never drive under the influences of alcohol, drugs or any other dangerous substances
  4. Avoid driving when tired
  5. Keep up with car maintenance regularly, such as oil changes, tire rotations and brake inspections

Whether you were at fault or not, it can be confusing knowing the right thing to do following an accident. Follow these steps to help guide you through the important decisions you’ll need to make:

What to do when an Accident Occurs

  1. Stay at the accident scene, leaving could result in legal trouble and / or criminal charges
  2. Call 9-11 immediately, regardless of whether or not you believe you or someone else is injured
  3. Remain calm, avoid aggressive or argumentative interactions with others
  4. Stay inside your car, especially on busy roads or highways
  5. Contact your insurance provider to report the claim
  6. Exchange contact information if other parties are involved

If you or a family member have been involved in an accident and want your case given the attention it deserves, call us at (770)-675-6447 or visit The Gillis Law Firm website for more information.