According to data from 2009, the city of Atlanta ranks at number four in the number of car accidents. It also ranks at number six in the number of accident-related wrongful deaths that same year.
The data which comes from the American Auto Association has no surprises for Atlanta car accident lawyers who are familiar with the auto safety culture in the city. In 2009, 498 people died in accidents in Atlanta. More than 62,000 people suffered a personal injury in car accidents in the city.
These accidents took not only a devastating personal toll but also wreaked substantial economic damage. The metro Atlanta region suffered losses to the tune of more than $11 million in 2009 because of auto accident-related costs. Only Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York fared worse than Atlanta. The overall accident-related costs in the US totaled $299.5 billion. That’s more than three times the $97.7 billion cost of congestion.
It’s no secret that Atlanta’s notoriously congested traffic has a lot to do with high accident rates in the region. Congested traffic leads to bad driver moods, tailgating and other undesirable behaviors that increase the risk of accidents. Congested traffic is also a major source of road rage, which also leads to accidents and injuries. Additionally, auto accidents are more likely to occur when there are more cars competing for space on the roadways. Atlanta’s traffic safety problems could be reduced by tackling the source of traffic congestion, the lack of a truly extensive mass transit system.