Over the coming days, people here in Georgia and across the U.S. will be heading to the airport, the train station and, of course, their garages, eager to make trips to visit family and friends over the Fourth of July weekend. Indeed, AAA is projecting that as many as 43 million people will be traveling from June 30 through July 4, a new holiday record and an astounding five million more people than the recent Memorial Day weekend.
Over the course of the last six months, much of the media coverage and discussions on auto safety have understandably been dedicated to the massive Takata airbag recall, which has grown to cover millions of vehicles across the U.S.
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were an astounding 3,660 truck accident fatalities in 2014, the most recent year for which complete data is available. Breaking these numbers down further, the DOT found that 68 percent of these fatalities were occupants of passenger vehicles, and another 15 were percent motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians.
A recent analysis of the 200 largest cities in the United States found that Atlanta was home to particularly dangerous conditions for drivers. The group NerdWallet used a number of factors, including car accidents, fatal car accident rates and vehicle-related crimes to produce a safety ranking. Atlanta had the 7th worst score in the country. The poor showing was driven in part by a double digit rate of deadly accidents per 100,000 residents and high rates of motor vehicle theft. Augusta, Georgia, also placed in the top 20, rating as the 19th most dangerous city in America for drivers.