To the surprise of no one who travels on Interstate 285 in Georgia, the freeway has been determined to be the deadliest one in the entire United States. According to a recent study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Interstate 285, which runs a little under 75 miles in Georgia, had 26 fatal accidents in 2013, while the entire state of Georgia reported 1,085 fatal accidents in total, making it the seventh worst state for fatal accidents nationally. A good analysis of this deadly roadway is provided here.
The Weinstein injury attorneys have worked with many clients injured on I-285
Our car accident attorneys have helped many people who have been injured, or the families left behind of people killed, in collisions on this extraordinarily dangerous stretch of roadway. While the NHTSA study does not account for causal factors like the number of motorists on these highways or the cause of these fatal crashes, there is no doubt that road congestion is a key factor.
What can be done to reduce the number of fatalities on I-285?
While NHTSA focuses on compiling data related to fatal crashes across the US, and analyzes factors including vehicle type, kind of crash (head-on, side collision, rear-end, etc.), driver age, and others, more analysis is needed to identify the specific factors that need to be addressed to improve the safety of this, and other dangerous roadways. Things like road design, signage, road condition, and other factors can be assessed, and improvements can be made to reduce injury and fatal accidents. We sincerely hope that the Georgia Department of Transportation will undertake these analysis efforts.
If you have been injured in a collision on one of Atlanta's dangerous roadways, reach out to the Weinstein injury lawyers and we will see what we can do to help.