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Where does Georgia rank in terms of fatal auto accidents?

During the holiday season, anyone who dares ventures onto the internet without a defined purpose will invariably find themselves inundated with not just advertisements, but a multitude of ratings for everything from home electronics and kitchen appliances to clothing and power tools. 

However, thanks to the recent efforts of researchers at the Auto Insurance Center, a news-driven website focused on "all things automotive," people can now browse an entirely new set of ratings that they may find both helpful and horrifying. 

Specifically, the AIC used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting Center to identify the most common elements present in deadly accidents, and then rank the 50 states according to the prevalence of these types of fatal crashes within their borders from 2005 to 2015. 

What were found to be the most common elements of deadly accidents?

According to the AIC's 2nd Annual Study of America's Fatal Crash Causes, some of the more common elements present in deadly crashes on U.S. roads and highways included reckless driving, speeding/racing, drunk driving and even road rage.

Which states had the highest and lowest fatality rates for reckless driving?    

Montana had the dubious distinction of having the highest fatality rates for reckless driving over the 11 years under study with 108.12 deaths for every 100,000 residents. It was followed by Arkansas (86.44 per 100,000), Louisiana (65.21 per 100,000), New Mexico (51.62 per 100,000) and North Carolina (50.46 per 100,000).

At the other end of the spectrum, Virginia had the lowest fatality rates for reckless driving over the 11 years under study with 1.5 deaths for every 100,000 residents. It was followed by New York (2.01 per 100,000), Indiana (2.14 per 100,000), California (2.84 per 100,000) and Alabama (4.03 per 100,000).

How did Georgia fare?

While a complete breakdown of the study is beyond the scope of a single blog post, it is worth noting that Georgia actually ranked number six for lowest fatality rates for reckless driving with 4.16 deaths for every 100,000 residents.   

Are there any factors that must be kept in mind when reviewing this data?

Experts indicate that the data didn’t actually include the most recent preliminary figures from the NHTSA, which show that the number of serious car accidents resulting in injuries and deaths has recently risen by a considerable degree in 2016.

Indeed, this means that the 22 percent jump in traffic deaths seen here in Georgia in 2016 was not incorporated.  

What are your thoughts on these rankings?

Consider speaking with a skilled legal professional if you've suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one because of the reckless actions of another behind the wheel.

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