Most of us drive or are regular passengers in vehicles. However, have you ever wondered how Georgia drivers stack up when compared to the rest of the country? We wondered as well. Today, we are going to look into this using various factors.
During the latest reporting year from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Georgia finished 39th in the worst-driver rankings. Out of 51 total areas ranked (DC included), this is not all that bad. The majority of states were worse than Georgia. We ranked better than our neighbors:
However, Georgia scored very poorly when it came to distracted driving – we ranked 11th overall in that category.
The NHTSA takes several factors into consideration when they are determining the best and worst states driving. This includes:
We want to look at some statistics from Georgia’s DOT when it comes to fatalities over the last few years:
As you can see, the fatalities have trended upwards but stayed fairly steady over the last three years. As of this writing, and according to the state’s DOT, there have been 865 total fatalities in 2019, and they are predicting the total fatality count to be similar to last year.
Based on the fatality numbers alone, Georgia’s rank would likely hover around 39th. That is not bad, but we could do better.
Because Georgia ranked so poorly when it comes to distracted driving, this is one area where improvement could really help our overall ranking. Texting and phone use are the leading causes of distracted driving, though they are not the only ones. Other distractions include eating while driving, talking to other people in the vehicle, reading while driving, and more.
Aggressive driving is also a major factor in roadway injuries and fatalities. The following behavior is considered aggressive driving in Georgia:
DUI enforcement will continue to be important. An overwhelming number of crash fatalities are linked to drunk driving each year.
If you’ve been injured in a crash, contact the Atlanta car accident attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP today.