The Auto Insurance Center recently analyzed fatal car accident data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it has now listed the top cause of such fatalities in each state. Looking at data from 2009 to 2013, fatal car accidents in Georgia were caused most often because drivers did not stay in their proper lanes. The statistics included pedestrian fatalities as well as those to car occupants.
This was the leading reason in a majority of states across the country as well, including neighboring South Carolina. Many reasons could lead to a vehicle leaving its lane, such as driver intoxication or bad weather. In the category of deaths caused by drunk driving, Georgia did not present a severe problem, falling into the lower end when measured on a per capita basis. Using that metric, states with large rural areas ranked highest, with the researchers surmising that this could be due to a relative lack of public transportation.
Speeding also played a role in deaths on the road. Once again, data for Georgia did not reveal a significant speeding problem. The state was in the bottom third of states with car crash deaths associated with speeding.
Regardless of the cause, people who are injured in motor vehicle accidents often face significant medical bills and, in many cases, suffer additional adverse financial consequences if they are unable to return to work for prolonged periods while they are recovering. If it can be determined that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, such as one who failed to stay in the proper lane, an attorney may assist in seeking compensation for the victim through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.