The safety features found on modern cars in Georgia and around the country are considered by many experts to be largely responsible for recent sharp drops in highway fatality rates. The number of Americans killed on the roads dropped by more than a third between 2011 and 2014, and it is hoped that emerging accident prevention technology will reduce death rates even further in the next few years.
Georgia residents might need to know that researchers at the University of Arizona report that bicyclists who wear helmets are 58 percent less likely than cyclists who do not wear helmets to suffer severe traumatic brain injuries if they are involved in a collision. The researchers analyzed data from the 2012 National Trauma Data Bank of the American College of Surgeons. A co-author of the study says that they wanted to find out if wearing a helmet protects bicyclists from more than just a head bleed if an accident occurs.
Many Georgia residents heard about the death of actor Paul Walker in a car accident on Nov. 30, 2013. He was a passenger in a Porsche being driven by a friend when the car hit a power pole and trees, killing both men. The official cause of the accident was excessive speed. A coroner’s report initially put the speed at 100 mph while a later report by the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Department said the car was going between 80 and 93 mph. However, Walker’s family have hired their own investigators who dispute the official account of the accident, and his daughter has filed a lawsuit against Porsche.