Almost 300,000 people call Clayton County, Georgia home. There are many reasons why it is a great place to live but both residents and visitors need to be aware of dangerous driving locations in the area. Specifically, data has shown that four intersections stand out as most deadly in the county when it comes to car accidents. They are:
- Intersection of Interstate 75 and Jonesboro Road
- Tara Boulevard and North Avenue
- Mount Zion Road and Mount Zion Boulevard
- Lake Harbin Road and Georgia Highway 54
Why are Clayton County roads dangerous?
While many people assume that the suburbs are safer than the city, that's not always the case. The Atlanta Regional Commission, which studies traffic patterns, suggests that drivers in the suburbs drive faster than those in the traffic-ridden streets of Atlanta and are therefore more prone to accidents. This ties in with data showing that the second leading cause of car accidents in Clayton County was speeding. Speeding increases the chance of a car accident because the faster a car is going, the longer it takes for the driver to slow down or stop. Speeding also makes accidents deadlier because the force of impact increases as a car's speed goes up.
How can Clayton County drivers stay safe?
There are several ways that Clayton County drivers can stay safe at these deadly intersections or anywhere else in the state:
- Don't speed: As we mentioned, speeding increases the likelihood and severity of an accident. Adhering to the speed limit keeps drivers safe.
- Drive defensively: By staying aware of their surroundings, drivers are prepared to react quickly to potential collisions.
- Share the road: Avoid aggression on the road. Don't engage in road rage. This often leads to dangerous, inattentive driving.
- Wear a seatbelt: In the unfortunate event an accident does occur, wearing a seatbelt can make the difference in surviving an otherwise deadly accident.
- Don't drink and drive: Just one drink greatly increases the chance of an accident.
- Don't text and drive: Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds can be deadly.
- Be courteous: Show your fellow drivers our famous southern hospitality.
Collectively, Clayton County residents drive almost 8.3 million miles daily and unfortunately, some of those trips will end in a collision. After an accident, Georgia drivers are left with many questions about how they'll pay the bills or get the continued medical care they need to recover.
Fortunately, you do not have to face these questions alone. The Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates can answer your tough questions and demand the compensation you deserve after a serious, intersection accident. If you were injured in Clayton County, or anywhere across the State of Georgia, contact Gary Martin Hays for a free confidential, consultation.