Bad Traffic Accidents Not an Atlanta-Only Problem

Sometimes at rush hour, Atlanta traffic seems like something dreamed up by an evil scientist—a mess of cars filled with impatient drivers and the risk of a crash at every turn. But, according to a new report, traffic laws in the U.S. are likely far more comprehensive and well enforced when compared with other regions of the world.

According to the New York Times, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s nonprofit Bloomberg Philanthropies funded a large study analyzing traffic safety across the globe. The “Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013” was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week.

According to that extensive report, only 7% of the world lives in countries that have “comprehensive laws that address the five major risk factors for road traffic death and injury.” These risk factors include: motorcycle helmet use, speeding, child restraints, seatbelts, and drinking and driving. (Incidentally, we have pretty stringent laws governing all five.)

The report indicates there is much that can be done to reduce deaths and injury accidents on a global scale, starting with better laws.

Dr. Etienne Krug of the WHO says these deaths are preventable and something can be done about them. “It’s not some mysterious bug or virus or bacteria, it’s man-made. It’s something we have created and have to control.”

Among the other findings, the WHO report reveals that traffic crashes are responsible for the majority of deaths among the 15- to 29-year-old age group. Around 75% of all traffic deaths are men and pedestrians and cyclists make up 27% of all traffic deaths, and up to 75% in some countries.

In one good sign, the number of traffic deaths across the globe in 2010 was 1.24 million, which is about the same as in 2007. This number didn’t grow despite there being a 15% increase in the number of registered vehicles on the road.

Stricter laws, better enforcement, and improved infrastructure can all play a role in road safety on a global scale. Here in Georgia, these things are already in place and safety efforts largely come from public information campaigns, such as those warning about the dangers of distracted driving or speeding.

While the accident rate here in Atlanta may be lower than in other parts of the world, accidents happen frequently. If you are hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our car accident lawyers of The Millar Law Firm today for a consultation by calling 770-400-0000.