While not all car accidents can be prevented, identifying the factors involved can raise awareness and lower the number of incidents. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 1,179 traffic fatalities across the state in 2013. In 2011, the year for which the data is most recent, Fulton County had more fatal accidents than any other. Though the number of these incidents has been steadily declining, it is still reflective of the toll that irresponsible driving can take.
The Office of Highway Safety tracks several factors involved in these incidents, such as the following:
- Drunk driving played a role in 297 deaths in 2013
- Failure to wear a seatbelt was a factor in 376 deaths
- Speed was involved in 197 deaths
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also points out that these incidents can be broken down according to the type of vehicle. In 2013, passenger vehicle occupants accounted for 65 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents. Pedestrians were involved in 14 percent of incidents; motorcyclists were involved in 13 percent; and bicyclists and large truck occupants each accounted for 2 percent.
The Georgia Department of Transportation launched a campaign last year to reduce the number of traffic fatalities. The campaign urged drivers to refrain from texting while driving and to remain alert while on the road. Further, state officials encourage everyone in a vehicle to buckle their safety belts. The DOT notes that making a few simple changes in driving behavior can have a major impact on preventing a fatal accident, especially when it comes to single-vehicle crashes.