The holidays are a time of relaxation, reflection and being with loved ones. However, a serious or fatal motor vehicle wreck can quickly turn this wonderful time of year into a tragedy. Many people believe that Georgia roadways are more crowded and dangerous than ever before. Unfortunately, reports from roadways across the state during the recent Thanksgiving weekend confirmed this.
According to a report from the Georgia Department of Public Safety, a total of 24 people lost their lives on Georgia roadways over the recent Thanksgiving weekend. Tragically, the death toll this year was nearly double from the same time period last year. The report said Georgia State Patrol troopers investigated 17 of the deaths while police departments throughout the state investigated seven additional fatal wrecks. Police said that speed and alcohol were contributing factors in a lot of the wrecks, with rainy and wet conditions also playing a role.
Speed likely caused a wreck in Hall County that killed a 19-year-old woman. Police reports said the woman’s vehicle was hit by a driver who failed to negotiate a turn and was traveling at a high rate of speed. The impact sent the woman’s vehicle crashing into a guardrail and she tragically died from her injuries.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety report also said that police investigated 604 total wrecks statewide over the Thanksgiving weekend, resulting in 317 injuries. It’s obvious that roadways across the state are becoming more hazardous every year. Those who have suffered injuries or the loss of immediate family members in motor vehicle wrecks should consult with an experienced lawyer to discuss their rights to compensation. Damages from a successful lawsuit could help victims and families recover any monetary losses that may have occurred due to a tragic wreck.