A dramatic crash near Atlanta left two dead after a man’s car launched through the air into oncoming traffic. While the details of the accident are not wholly known, investigators reported that the Florida man veered from the southbound lane of I-75 into the guardrail, which provided the launching power to send him into the air. The car landed on another, and both drivers were killed.
A witness whose car was also hit by the flying car called it the worst thing she’d ever seen in her life.
Fatal Car Accidents in Georgia
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, from 2007 to 2013, 1,179 people died in Georgia car accidents. Another 116,458 were injured. A study of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that the deadliest highway in the nation was right here in Georgia – I-285 around Atlanta. While most car accidents occur close to metropolitan areas, statistics show that the fatal crash rate is higher in rural areas.
The Georgia Department of Transportation states that the leading causes of fatal crashes in Georgia include:
- The driver losing control of a vehicle
- Unsafe or illegal speed
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Failing to yield
- Alcohol or drug impairment
- Driver condition
- Following too closely
- Failure to obey stop signs or traffic signals
Those who have lost loved ones in car accidents are entitled under Georgia law to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident.