There are many ways in which a motor vehicle collision may shatter someone's life, whether they break a bone or suffer from financial consequences resulting from the crash. However, auto accidents are especially concerning for those who are pregnant. Sadly, many pregnant women have passed away in traffic accidents, and some have also had a miscarriage as a result of the collision. If you recently suffered a miscarriage because of an accident, or your partner had a miscarriage that you believe was brought on by an accident, you may be dealing with unimaginable pain.
Drowsy driving is very dangerous, and this risk factor is particularly concerning for various reasons. For example, some people do not realize that they are too tired to drive safely, while others may push themselves to operate a vehicle even though they are struggling to stay awake due to sleep loss or some other factor. When a driver falls asleep on the road or fails to drive properly because of their fatigue, they may cause a serious crash which claims an innocent life or results in devastating injuries. It is important for drivers to be aware of certain times when drowsy driving wrecks are especially common and watch out for other drivers who may be suffering from fatigue.
As Georgia highways and roads are updated and repaired, drivers must adjust their speed, habits and routes to accommodate workers. If drivers ignore work zones and their limits, the results can be tragic. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, there were over 27,000 crashes in work zones in 2018 and since 1973, 60 road workers have lost their lives while on the job. Drivers must be extremely aware and alert while driving through work zones and implement extra safety measures to keep the road safe.
It seems that every year, Georgia drivers find that their insurance premiums continue to rise. This is due in part to the effect of distracted and drowsy driving at the state level. In fact, this is a problem nationwide. The NHTSA noted that in 2016, there was a 5.6% increase in road fatalities from 2015.
Georgian residents who get into car crashes have a chance of suffering from a brain injury. Depending on what caused that injury and how severe it is, you could find your health and overall quality of life impacted for weeks, months, or even years to come.
It's the responsibility of all motorists in Georgia to ensure the safety of all who share the road. This entails following traffic laws, driving the speed limit, and limiting distractions in your vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains the dangers of distracted driving and what you can do to prevent a serious accident from occurring.
When fatigue and driving combine, great danger can be just around the bend. A drowsy driver is less able to react to what occurs on the road, less able to perceive what is going on, and not as quick to make decisions. There is also the risk that a Georgia motorist could fall asleep completely and get into a serious auto accident. The Centers for Disease Control warns about particular factors that can cause someone to become drowsy while behind the wheel.