These 2000 statistics are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
1,541 people died in motor vehicle crashes.
63 percent of these deaths did not involve alcohol-related fatal crashes.
93 percent of these deaths did not involve drivers ages 16 or 17.
The fatality rate was highest for the contributing factor of failure to keep in the proper lane or run off the road – 13.5 per 100,000 licensed drivers compared with 2.5 for failure to obey traffic stop sign or signal.
Alcohol and illegal or unsafe speed were the next highest contributing factors at rates of 9.8 and 5.9 per 100,000 licensed drivers, respectively.
71 percent of drivers in fatal crashes were male.
Almost one in 10 drivers in fatal crashes did not have a valid driver’s license.
18-year-old drivers had the highest fatality rate.
The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in rural Georgia was 1.8, compared with a fatality rate of 1.1 in the five primary metropolitan Atlanta counties. The rate in suburban Atlanta counties was 1.6.
More than one in four fatalities occurred in crashes involving a pickup truck.
More than one in seven fatalities occurred in crashes involving a sports utility vehicle.
Proper child safety seat use by fatally injured motor vehicle occupants up to age 4 increased from 23.3 percent in 1999 to 25.0 percent in 2000.
Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 11 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities – the highest number of those occurring at night.

Ken Shigley, Shigley Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta, GA

The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).