The scary truth about a fatal car accident is that it can happen at any time. There is no driver or passenger who is safe or exempt from fatal accidents.  However, Georgia fatal accident statistics do provide important information about how and where deadly accidents are more likely to occur.

On average, 31 people die in Georgia car accidents each week.*  While the number of crashes is highest in the greater Atlanta area, the number of fatalities is highest in rural areas of the state.  Contributing factors in fatal accidents often include a driver losing control of a vehicle, speeding, following another vehicle too closely, failure to yield and drunk driving.  It is important to note that statistics regarding distracted driving, such as texting and driving or using a cell phone while driving, are not yet consistently maintained in Georgia.

What to Do After a Fatal Crash in Georgia

A car accident death is not a natural cause of death.  It is not an expected cause of death.  Instead, you are left to mourn the sudden and tragic loss of your loved one.  There is a lot to think about in the days and weeks following the crash.  First and foremost, you need to think about the emotional wellbeing of you and your family.  However, at the same time there are practical matters that must be addressed.  For example, any outstanding medical bills and funeral costs must be paid.  Any lost income must be dealt with, and the estate must be settled.

An experienced Georgia wrongful death lawyer can help you with these practical matters while you concentrate on your emotional wellbeing.  The Atlanta fatal accident lawyers of the Dover Law Firm will evaluate your case, free of charge, and explain your legal options to you.  If your loved one was killed in an accident that someone else caused, then you may be entitled to damages for your loss.  Call us today at (770) 518-1133 to discuss your legal options.

*Source: Georgia Department of Transportation, Crash Analysis, Statistics & Information Notebook 2008