Icy roads brought a staggering number of Gwinnett County car accidents last night: 599, to be exact.
According to police reports, some 60 patrol officers handled an average of 39 crashes per hour. Nine of these trapped motorists and passengers in their vehicles, and two of those resulted in life-threatening injury. There also were 27 hit-and-run incidents, one 15-car pileup, and eight structure, vehicle and woodland fires. In all, Gwinnett County’s 911 call center received 2,314 emergency calls–yet amazingly, no fatalities were reported.
Anyone who’s driven on ice before knows just how lucky that fact is. It’s somewhat true that on the ice, people are more likely to devote their full attention to the road. But even in inclement weather there still are plenty of folks who choose to drink and drive, and more still who will drive while distracted by mobile devices or other activities, simply out of habit. Add to those habits the hazard of skidding on ice, and the risk of collision and death goes up dramatically.
Sometimes a Georgia car accident is simply unavoidable–particularly when the weather is treacherous. Still, ice on the roads does not constitute a free pass for those who speed, flagrantly disobey traffic signs or stoplights, or drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is incumbent upon each of us to put safety first when deciding whether to get behind the wheel and whether or not to heed traffic laws.
Each year, hundreds of Georgia drivers choose otherwise, and the price they and their victims can pay is high: brain injury, paralysis and, all too often, death. When this happens, someone needs to pay the price, and it shouldn’t just be the victim.
That’s why it’s crucial to seek the advice of a dedicated Georgia auto accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible. At the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, P.C., we have decades of experience winning Gwinnett County car accident cases and ensuring the victims are fully compensated for their losses.