Freeway Accidents

There is little doubt that the freeways in Atlanta, Georgia whether they go North, South, East, or West are dangerous. In 2012, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported some statistics about Freeway Accidents as follows:

  1. There were 697 large truck occupants killed in freeway accidents and a majority of those fatalities, 567, mostly resulting from roll over accidents.
  2. Light truck accidents resulted in 9,396 occupants killed in crashes and over one-half million, approximately 762,000, to be more exact, injured.
  3. 12,271 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents (a/k/a passenger vehicles) other than trucks, and another 25,000 occupants were injured.

The aforestated numbers above indicate that the largest amount of fatalities were in light truck accidents (9,396), passenger vehicle deaths (12,271) were next in line to the light truck, and the large truck had the lowest number of deaths (697). The statistics above do not show how many people were actually injured in a large truck. The statistics do show, however, that the amount of injuries resulting from light trucks was staggering at approximately 762,000, and the injuries for passenger vehicles was approximately 25,000. If you combined all the deaths from freeway accidents, then the total number would be 22,264. If you combined all the injuries, then the total number would be approximately 787,000 not taking into consideration the injures that may have been suffered by large trucks.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Freeway Accident of any kind whether it was due to a large or small truck or a passenger a/k/a motor vehicle, then we are truly sorry and we want you to know that we are here to make sure that you receive all of the compensation and other remedies provided by law to which you may be entitled to under your circumstances. We have clients in Fulton County, Cobb County, Cherokee County, DeKalb County, and Gwinnett County, just to name a few. You may reach us anytime by any or all of the following means: by phone at (770) 865-8654 and (813) 363-6664, by email at, and/or through our Contact Form on our website. Please call us as soon as you can so that we may evaluate your situation and begin preparing a winning strategy for your case; all consultations are free of charge.

The NHTSA has also reported some interesting facts about freeway accidents such as four (4) lane undivided highway accidents resulted in 331,000 deaths compared to four (4) lane divided highway accidents reported 118,000 deaths. This shows that there are 213,000 less fatalities on roads in which there is a partition of some sort dividing the highway so that if a driver loses control her/she may hit the dividing partition, but hopefully won’t end up on the other side of the road into oncoming traffic. In four (4) lane undivided highway accidents there were 60,000 injuries compared to 71,000 injuries of reported accidents on roads that were not divided.

In order to protect ourselves on the busy freeways, the following are precautions that you can take for yourself and your family:

  1. Gauge the weather to determine whether or not it is safe to drive.
  2. Pay attention when you drive; no cell phone usage, and no texting and driving.
  3. Get your vehicle on a regular maintenance routine and follow that routine so you don’t end up stranded on the side of a busy road.
  4. Research and investigate any new or used car that you are thinking of purchasing paying close attention to the vehicles’ safety features and whether or not that type of vehicle is known for many accidents and/or recalls.
  5. Continue to read and research new driver safety information. You may see our Resources page under Personal Injury for some good sources for safety information.
  6. One great tip is the safe distance rule meaning that you should be at least 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you, or if you feel more comfortable, then keep your vehicle at least two (2) car lengths from the other vehicle. If people are rushing you, then cautiously move over to the furthest right lane available.
  7. Avoid as many distractions as possible and this can include children (usually unavoidable), loud music, your cell phone (talking, texting, etc.), your spouse of partner (again, usually unavoidable), or day dreaming or worrying about work and other items that are putting stress on you.
  8. Don’t speed. Your life is more valuable than being on time. If it a great worry of yours to be on time, then make it a habit to leave at least 15 if not 30 minutes earlier than usual so if you do run into something unforeseeable or unavoidable on the freeway, then you won’t get so stressed out since you allowed yourself that extra time.

The good news is that there are many new innovative technologies that have increased highway safety. For example, raised reflectors on the sides of the freeways and in the center make noise in the drivers cab to wake tired drivers and hopefully prevent them from going off the road. Also there are rectangular ridges cut into the shoulders of freeways to have the same effect and that is to wake tired drivers and hopefully keep them from crashing on or off the Freeways.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident on the Freeway, then it is very important to move your vehicle as far away from traffic as possible and then get out of your car and get as far away from the freeway as possible. Then call 911 if you have a cell phone. Once help arrives, allow them to call for an ambulance and any other emergency vehicles that are necessary. If you are able, then try to take as many photographs and videos as possible and these features are usually a person’s cell phone. If you do not have a cell phone, then be sure that you keep a camera in your glovebox that has a feature to take videos as well as photographs. A compact camera usually does the trick. Try and get the names of all those involved, or who are potential witnesses, and the insurance information from the other driver(s). It is also important that you make sure that the police officer who will be writing the report has an accurate record of what happened.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates our Attorneys have been representing people in Personal Injury Cases for over 50 years collectively and we are experts and have tremendous success representing thousands of people and families who have suffered as a result of Auto Accidents, or any other type of accident involving an injury, in Georgia. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, then contact us immediately for your free legal consultation by any or all of the following means; by phone at (770) 865-8654 and (813) 363-6664, or by email at, and/or Contact Us on our website. We represent people in Atlanta, Georgia, Marietta, Georgia, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Canton, Georgia, and Decatur, Georgia; just to name a few.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!