In 2013, the
National Highway Traffic Association compiled a list of the 2,867 fatal car accidents that occurred across
the country. From the analyzed data, I-285 in Georgia was shown to be
the most dangerous. Within one year, I-285 had 26 fatal accidents resulting
in 29 deaths. The second closest? The 1-710 in California with only seven
accidents and eight deaths.
So why is this interstate so dangerous? I-285 averages 3.5 accidents per
10 miles each year. Our
Atlanta car accident attorneys break down the data and share what you should know!
Why is I-285 so dangerous?
During 2013, I-285 set the scene for numerous high profile deaths, including
the deaths of a 53-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man. Both incidents,
having only happened within two weeks of each other, involved the victim
getting struck by a vehicle when attempting to walk across the interstate.
Between 2011 and 2014, it was also reported that Georgia did 20% fewer
truck inspections than were previously conducted. Because of this, the
number of drivers and trucks that were removed from the road due to violations
was 30% less than in other years.
Even though the data collected by the National Highway Traffic Association
was missing some key factors, like the inclusion of what kind of vehicles
were involved in the accidents and how many drivers are on those interstates,
some very important data cannot be ignored. For example, 53% of all fatal
motor vehicle accidents occurred in urban areas. I-285 runs around Atlanta,
the biggest city in Georgia.
How can you protect yourself?
Do you frequently use the I-285 for commuting? Do not worry—our Atlanta
car accident lawyers share some ways you can better protect yourself on
Easy steps you can follow for a safe commute on the I-285:
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Stay alert and don’t drive if you are overly tired
- Be conscious of the other drivers around you
- Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of yours
- Never text or use your phone while driving
For more information about car accidents or
wrongful death cases, contact The Weinstein Firm, LLC. by
calling our Atlanta office today: (404) 566-7009.