Christmas Traffic Fatalities Up in Georgia in 2017

A fatal traffic collision is tragic no matter when it occurs, but during the holidays this year there have been several traffic fatalities in metro Atlanta and the media coverage at this time of year brings needed attention to the tragedy families suffer. Words alone in a newspaper cannot even begin to express the loss for the loved ones of accident victims. A recent Gwinnett County accident is one example. On December 23, Lisa Cox, a wife, mother, employee, and by all reports a wonderful person lost her life in a head-on collision on Ga. 316 with a suspected drunk driver who had previously been arrested for DUI in Gwinnett County. 

According to the AJC, Lisa Cox was one of 15 victims who lost their lives on Georgia roads during the 2017 Christmas travel period. This was nearly double the figure from 2016 when eight people died on Georgia roads. This year Georgia State Troopers investigated a total of 515 traffic accidents which resulted in 219 injuries. Troopers also arrested 192 people for DUI. These statistics appear to be those of the Georgia State Patrol only and do not take into account the countless other accidents, injuries, and DUIs handled by county and municipal police forces.

The Christmas travel period was one day longer this year because of the timing of Christmas falling on a Monday, but these incidents on the roadway were up regardless. At Christmastime these tragedies are especially sad, but these senseless losses happen every day. Please report any suspected DUI drivers immediately by calling 911.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or loss in a traffic accident, please contact injury lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation. 

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.