Getting in a car is both a routine and dangerous activity.  Many of the dangers come from other drivers.  By learning about the dangers that you may face from drunk, distracted or drowsy drivers, you can learn what to expect on the roads and about your rights if you are injured by a negligent driver in Georgia.

Drunk Driving

According to MADD, the police have an excellent record of enforcing Georgia drunk driving laws*.  It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Georgia with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08%.  That does not change the fact, however, that over the past five years more than 2,000 people have died in Georgia drunk driving accidents.  In fact, over the last year approximately 26% of all Georgia fatal car crashes were caused by drunk drivers.

Distracted Driving

Over the past few years, the federal government, local government, and others have been educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving.  Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off of driving safely.  Texting and driving is often cited as an example of distracted driving, but it is not the only form of distracted driving that leads to fatal accidents. 

In the United States, about 20% of all crashes are caused by distracted driving*  More than half a million people are injured, and approximately 6,000 people die each year because of distracted drivers.

Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving may be the least talked about of the three deadly dangers, but is no less dangerous than drunk or distracted driving.  In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that tired drivers are responsible for about 16.5% of all fatal crashes in the United States.*

What to Do if You’ve Been Hurt by a Drunk, Distracted, or Drowsy Driver

Whether you’ve been hurt by a drunk driver, a distracted driver, or a drowsy driver, your rights to recovery are the same.  You may be entitled to damages for your accident injuries.  Contact an Atlanta car accident attorney today for more information about your rights.  The experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers of The Dover Law Firm can be reached at 1.770.518.1133 or via our online contact form.

*Source: MADD, Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, State Ranking, Georgia
*Source:  U.S. Department of Transportation, Statistics and Facts About Distracted Driving
* Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Drowsy Driving Study Press Release