Holiday weekends, like Labor Day, have traditionally been some of the most dangerous and deadly for motorists. There is not only an increase in the amount of traffic on the roads, but also an increased number of drunk drivers. This year, fortunately, did not live up to last year’s Labor Day reputation, however.
According to the Alpharetta-Milton Patch, the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) counted seven traffic fatalities, across all agencies, this last Labor Day weekend. This number is half of the number of fatalities in 2010. During the 78-hour Labor Day time period, there were 435 accidents and 225 injuries across the state of Georgia, based solely on data from the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). The Georgia State Patrol attributes the decrease in fatalities, in part, to tropical storm Lee, which seems to have kept people off Georgia roads during the holiday weekend.
Last year, there were 360 accidents and 211 injuries during the 78-hour Labor Day weekend. Although the number of Georgia crashes and injuries actually increased in 2011, the severity of those crashes and potentially injuries seems to have decreased, as evidenced by the fact that total fatalities dropped by half. If only GSP data is considered, the 4 fatalities in 2011 is three times less than the 13 fatalities in 2010.
Holiday weekends are perfect opportunities to get together with family and friends to celebrate, but it is essential to finish celebrating before getting on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Georgia car crash caused by an impaired or otherwise negligent driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. Contact the reputed traffic collision attorneys in Atlanta with The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., to discuss your potential accident injury claim at 404-995-3955.