The recent State of Safety report published by the National Safety Council (NSC) revealed that the state of Georgia has its work cut out for it to improve public safety. The NSC assigned a letter grade of ‘D’ to Georgia for the overall safety of its roads, homes and communities and workplaces. Georgia was one of 15 states that received a D grade on an A-F scale.
The report considered the overall incidence of accidents and injuries in each U.S. state in these categories:
- Road safety issues: drunk driving; distracted driving; older drivers; seat belts; speeding; teen drivers; vulnerable road users
- Home and community issues: Drowning; firearms; home fires; older adult falls; poisoning; concussions in youth sports
- Workplace safety issues: Prevention, preparedness and enforcement; workers’ compensation; worker health and wellbeing.
Georgia received a D rating for its overall safety record, with a 69% for road safety; 24% for home and community; and 34% for workplace.
Below is more information about how Georgia did for specific types of safety issues according to the NSC report. For each safety issue, the state is deemed ‘On Track’ or ‘Off Track’ in terms of public safety.
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Child Passengers – Off Track
The NSC states that three children under the age of 12 are killed in car accidents daily in the U.S. One-third of these children are not wearing seatbelts or in car seats, even though there are laws mandating these safety features in all 50 states. Georgia is deemed to be ‘off track’ because it lacks sufficient state laws to ensure the safety of children in vehicles.
Seatbelts – Off Track
The use of seatbelts saved 14,000 lives across America in 2015. Today, most Americans do buckle up – at least 90% — but there is still work to be done. Georgia has been found in this report to be ‘off track’ because it has insufficient state laws mandating the use of seatbelts, such as the lack of a law requiring seatbelts on school buses.
Speeding – Off Track
At least 9,000 people die in speeding accidents every year in America. Speed limits have been increasing since the 1980s. This is leading to more traffic deaths.
Georgia is ‘off track’ because it has not passed adequate speeding laws, such as an urban interstate speed limit of 55 mph.
Distracted Driving – On Track
Distracted driving killed 3,500 people in 2015, and 1,100 were injured. There is good news to report in Georgia in this area. Georgia has a total ban on cell phone use in the car for teens and inexperienced drivers. There also is a texting ban for all drivers.
Older Drivers – On Track
The population of the U.S. is living longer. This means that one in 15 drivers are 75+. Older drivers are involved in only 7% of two-car accidents, but they are more likely to suffer serious injuries.
Georgia is doing well in this safety area. The state has a law that requires an in-person license renewal for those who are older. There also is a law that allows boards of medical professionals to advise about licensing for individual drivers.
Overall, this report shows there has been some progress made in preventing accidents in Georgia. But a lot of work still needs to be done. If you suffer an accident in Georgia that was caused by another person’s negligence, talk to the Mann Law Firm today.
Injured in a Georgia Accident? Call The Mann Law Firm
The NSC report shows that accidents still happen often in Georgia. The Mann Law Firm has helped the people of Middle Georgia with personal injury litigation for many years, with a strong track record of success. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of road, work or community accident in Georgia, we can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Please call our Middle Georgia offices today at 478-742-3381. Or, use our online form to set up a free consultation about your personal injury case.