Distracted driving is a growing problem that results in an average of approximately nine deaths and 1,150 injuries per day in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Though the number of fatalities decreased slightly from 2011 to 2012, the number of people injured in an accident that involved a distracted driver actually increased about 9 percent during that period.
A 35-year-old woman has been charged with vehicular homicide following a Rabun County truck crash that killed one of her passengers early on Jan. 17. She is also facing charges of DUI, failure to maintain lane and serious injury by vehicle.
Being involved in a automobile accident in Georgia can be highly stressful for anyone. While it is normal to have certain normal feelings of shock after an accident, more intense and problematic emotional reactions may result from the person's developing post-traumatic stress disorder due to the accident.
Large trucks can pose a risk on roadways, as 2012 data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows. According to the data, 104,000 injuries and 3,921 deaths occurred after motor vehicle accidents involving such trucks. In Georgia, 8.8 percent of vehicles involved in crashes in 2012 were large trucks (trucks that weigh 10,000 pounds or more).