In the 78 hours of Memorial Day travel time, the Georgia State Police reported 15 fatal traffic accidents around the state in 2012. The figure, down from 19 fatalities in 2011, tracks fatal accidents that happened between 6 p.m. on the Friday before Memorial Day and 11:59 p.m. on Memorial Day.
The number could have been much higher than it was. In total, more than 332 accidents with 196 injuries happened over the holiday weekend. According to a recent study in Florida, there are several specific factors that can mean the difference between a fatal traffic accident and an accident with injuries.
The study, which reviewed more than 2,000 fatal crashes across the country, found that the primary causative factor in 94% of accident fatalities was human error. The most common of these errors included alcohol and drug use, inattention, and driving decision errors.
Other factors contributing to fatal crashes included roadway, environmental, and vehicle factors. The study also identified the presence or absence of a seat belt as the primary controllable factor in determining whether or not an accident was fatal.
During high-volume traffic times, the chances of accidents rises drastically for a variety of reasons, most of them statistical. Simply put: more cars equals more accidents.
We hope your Memorial Day travel was incident free, but if you were involved in an accident over the holiday weekend, contact attorney David Van Sant, a personal injury lawyer who will evaluate your case and determine if you may be entitled to compensation.