The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees an average of 10 motor vehicle realted deaths daily - a 14% increase in fatal auto accidents compared to the rest of the year according to AAA. Dubbed the “100 Deadly Days of Summer,” more traffic, an increase in inexperienced drivers on the road, and intoxication are leading causes of the uptick in accidents during the summer months. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in one of these accidents, Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance is here to listen to your story and to help you determine the best course of action. Call 404-948-4893 to learn more.
Doing Your Part
The best way to avoid causing a car accident is driving responsibly. If you plan on drinking, even a little, it is best to secure a ride home from a friend, family member, or rideshare service. This one step could save hundreds of lives in Georgia every year.
The National Safety Council has found that Georgia sees more than twice the national average of fatal traffic accidents. Alcohol use is listed as one of the three most common contributors to these accidents.
In addition to driving while intoxicated, distraction is a leading cause of fatal car accidents in Georgia. You can help prevent contributing to this rising concern by:
- Following Georgia’s new hands-free law
- Avoiding on-board electronics
- Grooming outside of your vehicle
- Eating outside of your vehicle
- Smoking outside of your vehicle
Pay attention to the road, not your phone, GPS, portable music device, or bowl of cereal, to help prevent causing one of these often serious or fatal car accidents.
Speeding has also been identified as a leading cause of fatal car accidents in Georgia. Drive the speed limit and follow the flow of traffic. Instruct teen drivers to do the same - younger drivers account for many of the victims of fatal car accidents during the summer months.
Avoid aggressive responses to traffic, including tailgating and erratic lane changes, and resign to getting to your destination at the pace traffic allows. Not only will this give you a more pleasant and relaxing ride, it will go a long way in helping you avoid an accident.
Understand Your Limitations
You can drive sober, courteously, and without distraction, but still end up injured in an accident. When this happens, you need an effective and aggressive car accident lawyer on your side right away.
At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, we have a proven track record of helping victims of serious injury get justice - and we are here to review your case free of charge to help you determine the most effective way to move forward. Committed, compassionate, and qualified, our attorneys have the resources, experience, and drive to take your case as far as needed in our efforts to secure maximum compensation. Please call 404-948-4893 to learn more.
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the car accident lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance serve Savannah, Columbus, Decatur, Augusta, and all surrounding areas.