By Becca J G GodwinBen Brasch - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 17, 2018
Georgia’s most fatal stretches of road are in metro Atlanta, according to a recent study.
Parts of roads in Atlanta, Kennesaw and Decatur were ranked in the top 10 deadliest per mile, the study conducted by personal injury law firm Butler Wooten & Peak and data visualization firm 1Point21 Interactive found.
Data was used from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System from 2013, 2014 and 2015, in addition to U.S. Census numbers. The study only includes stretches where at least five fatal crashes occurred within 2½ miles of each other.
With those parameters, they found that 427 fatal crashes occurred on 277 miles of Georgia road. In those crashes, 460 people died.
The 30-year-old law firm specializes in vehicle accidents and has won millions in settlements against car companies and others involved in fatal car accidents.
Attorneys at the firm represented the family of a four-year-old Decatur County boy Remington “Remi” Walden, who died in 2012 after a Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in was hit and burst into flames. According to media reports, Butler Wooten & Peak won a $40 million judgment against Fiat Chrysler in that case, which was upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court last month.
“Being aware of locations with a high concentration of fatal crashes can help drivers make better choices in their vehicle and even lead to identifying and fixing potentially dangerous conditions,” Butler Wooten & Peak wrote on its website. The study was conducted at 1Point21 Interactive.