I am an attorney who represents the families of people killed in car wrecks in wrongful death lawsuits, and I am starting a series about this extremely important category of serious accidents we have here in Atlanta. I am using FARS data, which has been published on City-Data.com. FARS stands for “Fatality Analysis Reporting System”, and it is a database system maintained by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). In the FARS system, NHTSA compiles data on all fatal traffic accidents reported in the United States. I have gathered this data from City-data.com.
In my most recent blog post on this topic, I outlined the fatal car accidents that are reported in the FARS database for January and February 2009 (the most recent reporting year for city-data.com).
Today I will be talking about March and April, which were the two deadliest months of the entire 2009 year.
March was the deadliest month of 2009 when it came to traffic fatalities in Atlanta. On March 4th, at 9:26 p.m., a pedestrian was killed crossing the intersection at Moreland Avenue and Sanders Ave.
On March 5th, the driver was killed in a one-car crash in Atlanta at Memorial Dr. / SR-154 and Boulevard Granada.
On the 8th, a person listed by Atlanta police as DUI was killed when he crashed his vehicle at Freedom Pkwy / SR-10.
On March 16, 2009, at 9:23 p.m., a pedestrian was walking along an Atlanta section of I-85. The pedestrian was killed, and two vehicles crashed.
March 21, 2009, saw a pedestrian killed on Boulevard at 1:25 in the a.m. hours.
When it came to deaths in car crashes, March 27, 2009, was one of the worst days of the year. Two Atlanta pedestrians were killed in separate accidents. The first accident occurred 8:26 p.m. at the intersection of Lee St. and York Ave. Another pedestrian was killed while walking along SR-400 in Atlanta on March 27, 2009. That accident occurred at 10:30 at night.
Seven people died in auto crashes in Atlanta in the month of April, making it the second deadliest month of the year.
On April 5, at 6:00 a.m. a drunk driver caused a two-car crash on I-75. One person died as a result of the collision.
On April 7, 2009, another DUI driver was involved in a one-car crash on Atlanta’s famed Peachtree Street.
A driver was killed in a single-vehicle accident on April 13, 2009, on Nacoochee Dr.
On the 15th of April, two cars crashed on I-85 as it goes through Atlanta, at 6:23 in the morning. One of the drivers was killed as a result of the car accident.
One of the drivers was killed in an evening wreck at the intersection of Glen Iris Dr. and Highland Avenue. Atlanta police reported that the wreck took place on April 17, 2009, at 6:20 p.m. and involved two vehicles.
The 24th of April tied with March 27th and June 16th for deadliest day of the year when it came to Atlanta auto wrecks. At 3:00 p.m., two cars collided at the intersection of Whitehall St. and McDaniel St. One of the people involved in the wreck died. Not even three hours later, a pedestrian was struck and killed in a wreck that involved a drunk driver. The accident occurred at 5:41 p.m. as the pedestrian was crossing at the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Cleveland Avenue.
In my next blog entry, I will cover May, June and July 2009.