Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. It’s home to more than 498,000 people. Thousands more venture into the city every day to work, go to school, and enjoy all that it has to offer. Major highways, including I-85 and I-75, run through the heart of the city, which means millions of people pass through Atlanta on their way to and from other parts of the country.
So, it’s no surprise that car accidents are fairly common in and around the city. Here’s a look at car accident statistics in and around Atlanta.
How Common Are Car Accidents in Fulton County?
Accident crash data published by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reveals that car accidents have become a huge problem in Fulton County. Since 2013, the number of crashes on county roads has increased significantly.
That year, there were 43,775 reported traffic accidents. In 2016, accidents peaked at 60,984. In 2017, the last year for which data is available, the number of reported accidents dropped slightly to 58,581. However, this still represents an increase of more than 33 percent in just five short years.
Put another way, this means that, in Fulton County, there is an average of:
- 4,881 car accidents every month
- 160 car accidents every day, or
- 6 car accidents every hour.
That’s a staggeringly high number for a city that’s home to less than 500,000 people.
How Serious Are Car Accidents in Fulton County?
On an average day in Fulton County, there’s an average of one car accident every four hours. So, accidents aren’t uncommon. Are those accidents serious, though? Crash data and statistics suggest that yes, they are.
Injury-Causing Traffic Accidents
In 2013, there were 43,775 motor vehicle crashes in Fulton County. Of those accidents, 14,078 resulted in an injury. That’s about one-third of all traffic accidents. In 2017, there were 58,581 car crashes in Fulton County. About 30 percent, or 17,947 accidents, resulted in an injury. So, generally speaking, about one out of every three collisions in Fulton County causes an injury of some sort.
Fatal Car Accidents
Not everyone who is involved in a car accident in or around Atlanta survives. Sadly, traffic accident fatalities have surged over the past few years:
- 2013: 85 fatalities
- 2014: 77 fatalities
- 2015: 104 fatalities
- 2016: 130 fatalities
- 2017: 115 fatalities.
As you can see, the number of car accident deaths increased by a whopping 52 percent between 2013 and 2016. While the number dropped slightly the following year, it’s clear that accidents in Atlanta are still a serious problem.
What Are the Leading Causes of Fatal Car Accidents in Atlanta?
Every three days, there’s a fatal car accident in or around Atlanta. These crashes happen for a lot of different reasons. Crash data suggests, however, that certain factors contribute to fatal collisions more than others. The two leading causes include alcohol and speeding.
Alcohol and Fatal Crashes in Atlanta
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is incredibly dangerous. It significantly increases the risk of an accident and serious injuries. Sadly, the number of fatal crashes caused by drunk drivers in Fulton County has increased since 2013.
- 2013: 21 crashes (24.7 percent)
- 2014: 19 crashes (24.6 percent)
- 2015: 31 crashes (29.8 percent)
- 2016: 36 crashes (27.6 percent)
- 2017: 27 crashes (23.4 percent)
So, roughly one-quarter of all fatal traffic accidents in and around Atlanta involve a drunk driver.
Speeding and Fatal Car Accidents in Atlanta
Everyone in Atlanta always seems to be in a rush. Unfortunately, this prompts many drivers to speed and engage in aggressive behaviors behind the wheel. These behaviors contribute to many fatal crashes every year.
- 2013: 17 crashes (20 percent)
- 2014: 22 crashes (28.5 percent)
- 2015: 29 crashes (27.8 percent)
- 2016: 26 crashes (20 percent)
- 2017: 21 crashes (18.2 percent)
As you can see, speeding is a factor in a significant number of car accident fatalities every year.
It appears that distracted driving is also contributing to a rising number of accidents, including deadly crashes, in Atlanta. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers cause thousands of fatal accidents every year. Atlanta roads are certainly not an exception to the rule.
Who’s Involved in Fatal Crashes in Atlanta?
Occupants of cars and small passenger vehicles aren’t the only ones who can get hurt in an accident. In fact, others – including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists – are actually much more likely to sustain severe and fatal injuries in a crash.
In 2017, there were 115 car accident fatalities in Fulton County. Nearly half of those accidents involved non-motorists, including:
- Pedestrians (2, or 1.7 percent)
- Bicyclists (36, or 31.3 percent), and
- Motorcyclists (14, or 12.1 percent).
The remaining fatalities involved passenger vehicle occupants.
Fatal Car Accidents Are Problematic Across the State of Georgia
Fatal car accidents aren’t just limited to Fulton County and Atlanta. Other cities and many rural parts of the state are also home to dozens of fatal crashes every year. This means that Georgia, when compared to other states in the country, is fairly dangerous.
One study ranked Georgia as the 14th deadliest state in the nation. Why? Notable crash statistics include:
- There were 1,554 fatal accidents in Georgia in 2016. Only 3 other states reported more.
- There are 15.1 road deaths per every 100,000 people living in the state.
About 39 percent of fatal crashes occur in rural parts of the state. That means that cities like Atlanta are actually home to the majority of all severe and fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Which Intersections in Atlanta Have the Most Accidents?
National statistics published by the Federal Highway Administration suggest that roughly 2 out of every 5 car accidents occur at or near an intersection. Worse, 20 percent of fatal crashes involve an intersection. Atlanta roads are no exception. Many of the accidents in the city happen at a crossroads.
So, which intersections in Atlanta are the most dangerous? Studies suggest that the following intersections might be among those that you should try to avoid:
- Memorial Drive and North Hairston Road
- East Park Place and Stone Mountain Highway
- Covington Highway and Panola Road
- Cobb Place Blvd and Earnest Barrett Pkwy
- Jimmy Carter Blvd and Peachtree Industrial Blvd
- Bolton Road and Marietta Road
- Collier Road and Peachtree Road
- 14th Street and Peachtree Road
- Delmar Ave. and Delmoor Court
- Howell Mill Road and Chattahoochee Road
- North Druid Hills Road and Briarcliff Road
- Piedmont Road and Peachtree Road, and
- Habersham Road and West Paces Ferry Road.
Knowing where auto accidents tend to happen most might help to keep you safe. You can try to revise your route so that you use as few of these intersections as possible.
Contact Our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers For Help
Have you been involved in a car accident in Atlanta? Did you suffer an injury or lose someone you love in a fatal crash? You might be entitled to compensation for things like medical bills, lost income, and chronic pain. Contact Hasner Law and find out how our Atlanta car accident attorneys can help you fight to maximize your recovery. Our law firm offers a free initial consultation, so don’t hesitate to call today.