Think there are more fatal auto accidents in Atlanta than rural parts of Georgia? Think again. At the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we recently learned that drivers in Atlanta are less likely to be in a fatal motor vehicle accident than the rest of the state. A study conducted by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the same to be true for the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. These cities have fewer fatal auto accidents than the national average. But don't get too comfortable on the streets of Atlanta. The CDC report determined that more people died in Atlanta auto accidents than the national average.
The CDC based its findings on national motor vehicle accident data for 2009. That year, a total of 34,485 people died nationwide in auto accidents. That's 11.1 deaths per 100,000 people. In Atlanta, 64 people or 12.0 per 100,000 died in auto accidents that same year.
Such figures might seem frightening to Atlanta drivers. But compared to the rest of Georgia, Atlanta had fewer fatal auto accidents. In Georgia, 1,311 people - or 13.5 per 100,000 - died in auto accidents in 2009.
But no matter what the statistics, a serious accident can happen to anyone at any time. Just recently, a 59-year-old Atlanta woman died as a result of an auto accident that injured an Atlanta police officer. The fatal auto accident happened on Cascade Road in Atlanta while the police officer was responding to a call.
At the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we understand the dangers drivers face every day. If you've been injured in an accident, allow a Georgia car accident attorney at our law firm to review your case with you. Even if your accident seems straightforward, there might be issues you haven't even considered, including whether to file an auto accident lawsuit in Georgia.
Atlanta may be safer statistically than the rest of Georgia. But accidents happen. Don't leave your future to chance. Take back control. Contact a Georgia auto accident lawyer who puts people first. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C., 3098 Breckinridge Boulevard, Duluth, GA 30096.