Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
Call For a Free Consultation

fatal motor vehicle accidents Archives

Driver death statistics vary by truck model

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a study of car accidents where the drivers were killed by examining registered vehicles for models years 2011 through 2014. The Institute found differences in death rates among various truck models. Although the study only looked at driver deaths, the results illustrated some significant safety disparities among trucks that may interest Georgia residents who are shopping for new vehicles.

Fatal Georgia crash leaves 1 dead

A fatal crash between an SUV and a tractor-trailer near Brunswick left one person dead in the early hours of May 15. The incident, which took place at about 6:30 a.m., happened on Interstate 95, after the tractor-trailer went across the barrier from the southbound lanes and crashed into the SUV.

Legal guidance regarding wrongful death claims

Car accidents are a leading cause of death in Georgia and throughout the country. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one fatality occurs every 16 minutes in a vehicle crash. Whether the victim was someone's husband, wife, mother, father, daughter or son, the loss can have a huge emotional impact on the family. If the decedent was the family's sole provider, the death could add serious financial burdens to the family as well.

Driverless Cars And Consumer Confidence

Depending on who you ask, autonomous driving is either a dream of science fiction or the next big thing in transportation. Predicting when, or even if, driverless cars will become commonplace is difficult. For those of us who understand serious car and truck accidents, any technology that promises to reduce crashes is welcome. The driving public, however, remains reluctant to make the switch.

Car Accident Deaths Spiral Out Of Control

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 32,744 deaths in traffic accidents in 2014. The NHTSA and the Department of Transportation are now reporting that traffic deaths rose 7.2 percent last year to a total of 35,092. That is the largest year-over-year increase since 1966. The National Safety Council reports that the first 6 months of 2016 have seen another increase. The NSC projects that the total fatalities in 2016 will be 9 percent higher than 2015. This alarming two-year trend has safety experts searching for new methods to improve auto safety.

Study determines which states are safest, most dangerous for older drivers

While America's Baby Boomers are going to be exiting the workforce in droves over the course of the next decade, this doesn't mean they are going to settle quietly into retirement. Indeed, true to the spirit of their generation, many of these boomers will be traveling, volunteering and undertaking new challenges.

The Most Dangerous Highway

Fatal traffic accidents are a regular occurrence on American interstates. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 8 people die each day on major American interstates. While these crashes make up less than 10 percent of the total number of fatal traffic accidents, it is still the case that highways offer a number of hazards not seen on other roads. A deeper dive into the data has identified the most deadly major interstate in the country. The top spot belongs to the interstate that circles Atlanta, I-285.

Coping in the aftermath of a fatal motor vehicle accident

The passing of a loved one is a difficult thing to accept even when death occurs naturally. When negligence in a violent motor vehicle accident claims the life of a loved one, it is even harder to accept. People cope with death in many different ways, but some cannot find any way at all to cope. This makes the initial tragedy much worse. Not only has a fatal motor vehicle claimed the life of an innocent person, it has trickled down to drastically affect one or more family members.


BWP works with individuals, families, businesses and whistleblowers across the country. We have litigated cases in each of the states and Georgia counties noted below:

For Referring

We value our working relationships with referring counsel and have paid out more than $100 million in referral fees. LEARN MORE

Back to Top