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NHTSA reports 32,719 traffic fatalities in U.S. in 2013, 1,179 in Georgia

Motor vehicle accidents accounted for 1,179 deaths in Georgia in 2013. Those injured in these accidents are likely eligible for compensation to help cover the costs associated with the crash.

On December 19, 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report providing detailed statistics about traffic accidents in 2013. Although the statistics support a decrease in the number of traffic fatalities since 2004, the number of deaths connected to car crashes remains high at 32,719.

More on NHTSA’s report

The data was officially reported by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). FARS is a nationwide census providing data about motor vehicle traffic crashes that result in fatal injuries. Injuries that lead to the death of the victim within thirty days of the accident are included within this data.

The data is supplied by police-reported motor vehicle crash reports. Additional notable statistics include:

  • Average of 90 people are fatally injured in the United States every day.
  • Over 250 people are injured in car crashes every hour.
  • 31 percent of traffic accident related fatalities are connected to alcohol-impaired-driving.

According to the agency’s findings, the overall number of fatalities related to traffic accidents decreased by 3.1 percent from 2012 to 2013. The drop is likely due in part to increased initiatives by the Department of Transportation aimed at educating the public on safety measures and funding increased enforcement of existing laws. These efforts were coupled with almost $1.6 million in grants to support initiatives to meet these goals. Examples include “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns and a new mobile app that is designed to help those who have had too much to drink find a safe ride home.

Impact in Georgia – statistics and remedies available to victims

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia reports 1,223 traffic related fatalities in the state in 2011. According to the NHTSA, there were 1,192 car accident related fatalities in 2012 and 1,179 in 2013.

Those who are injured in car accidents that are the result of another’s negligent or reckless actions are likely eligible to receive compensation to help cover the cost of medical expenses, rehabilitation and lost wages.

Claims for compensation are generally brought under the legal theory of negligence. Essentially, a negligent claim contends that a driver failed to operate his or her vehicle with reasonable care. Establishing a claim can require multiple pieces of evidence and can be an arduous process. As a result, those that are in this situation are wise to seek the counsel of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney. Your attorney can help navigate the process and better ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

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