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Increase Your Awareness of Auto Accidents During the Holidays

Posted on January 7, 2011

The Georgia Department of Public Safety officials report that 12 people were killed on state roads over the New Year’;s holiday weekend, according to a report in The Florida Times-Union. Officials state it is one more fatality during the same time period last year. According to state statistics, three people were killed in Albany, Georgia in separate crashes, and two died in a head-on car collision in Rome, Georgia. The other fatalities were reported in Greene County, Sylvania, Thomasville, Villa Rica, Douglas, and Savannah. Altogether, there were 379 Georgia car crashes that led to 208 injuries, which also represents an increase from last year, when there were 352 crashes and 192 injuries.

The holiday period is defined as between 6 p.m. on December 30 until midnight Jan.2, Sunday.

Statistics on Florida Car Crashes During the Thanksgiving Holiday
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) recently released traffic safety statistics concerning the Thanksgiving holiday period from November 24 through the 28. During the five-day holiday, 23 motorists died in traffic-related crashes, a 36 percent reduction from the 36 deaths during the same time period last year. The FHP attributes the reduction to 12,000 traffic citations issued and 121 arrests for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). In addition, about 2,000 drivers were cited for speeding, and approximately 1,400 citations were issued for failing to use a seat belt, now a primary offense in Florida.

The personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah urge all motorists to follow the laws of the road, even during a holiday period, and perhaps especially during a holiday when so many choose to drink and drive. A traumatic car accident can turn your family’s life and your finances on end, especially if the at-fault party evades responsibility for the accident. Our attorneys can help and our investigators can become involved to uncover the cause of an accident so blame and financial responsibility can be assessed. Call our firm today.