On Friday, December 23, at 6:00 p.m., the Christmas holiday travel weekend began, and, according to the Roswell Patch, it claimed four lives by the time it ended on Monday, December 26 at midnight based on Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) statistics.
The four Georgia traffic fatalities from this weekend included two reported by Cobb County Police, one reported by Atlanta Police, and one reported by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) post in Wilkes County. The Roswell Police Department conducted nine DUI stops over the holiday weekend, but there were no fatalities.
According to the GSP, there were 351 traffic crashes in 2010, causing 280 injuries and three fatalities during the Christmas holiday. Those statistics are only as reported by the GSP. With all agencies reporting, there were 641 crashes, 387 injuries, and three fatalities. Although the number of fatalities over the Christmas holiday weekend this year was a small increase from last year, overall traffic fatality numbers are in decline across the state. According to U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) statistics, 2010 was the fifth consecutive year that Georgia highway fatalities decreased and it seems that 2011 will continue that trend.
Every motorist is responsible for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of others on the road. If you have lost a loved one in a Georgia car crash that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, you have the right to pursue legal action. The knowledgeable car accident wrongful death lawyers in Atlanta at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, lost future income, and other losses. To discuss your potential claim with one of our attorneys, call us today for a consultation at (404) 995-3655 or toll-free at (866) 249-5513.