Each year, thousands of Georgia residents are involved in auto accidents across the state. In Atlanta, too, many residents are plagued with the reality of car crashes as they attempt to navigate to or from work, home and other activities.
Unfortunately, many of the victims of these crashes often suffer from debilitating, long-term injuries or fatalities as a result, and without proper legal assistance, many do not recover the compensation they need from the drivers responsible.
Traffic fatalities across the state saw an over 30 percent increase between 2014 and 2016, and in 2016 Fulton County alone saw approximately 60,984 car crashes and 12,875 injuries. These staggering numbers highlight the urgency for safer driving in both Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
Interactive Fulton County Car Accident Map
To better understand just how many Georgia residents are affected by car accidents each year, we’ve examined a number of available resources to compile an accident map for Fulton County. Our hope is that by highlighting dangerous areas and intersections, drivers can be more proactive in helping make Atlanta and Fulton County roads safer for all.
The map display can be toggled between options to include general car collisions, car accidents resulting in injury and car accidents resulting in fatalities, and we are happy to provide this resource to those who may find this data useful or otherwise beneficial.
Fulton County Car Crash Statistics
Fulton County consistently ranks as the number one county for traffic fatalities in Georgia in annual reports compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Most years, this is by a large margin, most likely due to the population density of Fulton County compared to other counties.
Most Fatalities by County
Number of Motor Vehicle Collisions: 60,894 (approximately 13 percent of state total);
Number of Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents: 12,875 (approximately 13 percent of state total);
Number of Accident Fatalities: 130 (approximately 8 percent of state total).
Leading Causes of Accidents in Fulton County
Year after year, the three most common causes of Fulton County’s numerous car crashes are driving while intoxicated, speeding and distracted driving.
Of particular concern is the number of traffic fatalities caused annually by drunk driving—in fact, nearly 25 percent of annual traffic fatalities involve one or more drunk drivers. Not only is driving while intoxicated incredibly unsafe for other drivers and pedestrians—it is also illegal in the state of Georgia.
A number of traffic fatalities each year also involve pedestrians, who are unfortunately caught in crashes with very little chance of escaping without at least sustaining serious injury. Because walking is a critical mode of transportation for many residents, more measures must be taken to ensure that sidewalks adjacent to roadways remain safe for those who chose to walk over drive.
Georgia Car Crash Statistics
|Crashes with Injury||81,368||96,323||101,973||102,041||98,267|
|Crashes with Fatalities||1,207||1,395||1,501||1,510||1,474|
Overall, Georgia has seen some of the highest rates of fatalities in car accidents across the country. With an average of 4 deaths per day in 2017 alone, safer driving practices are necessary now more than ever.
Programs such as Drive Alert Arrive Alive have been launched in an effort to teach drivers how simple changes to their driving behaviors can help reduce the number of traffic fatalities across the state.
Georgia Fatalities by Crash Type
How Does Georgia Rank Compared to the Rest of the U.S.?
In terms of miles traveled, Georgia ranked lower than the US average number of fatalities until 2015, when it surpassed the national average. However, in almost all years where data is available, the average number of fatalities (per 100,000 population) has been consistently higher in Georgia than in other parts of the country.
Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Fulton County
The following have been identified as dangerous and deadly roads in Atlanta and the surrounding Fulton County, following 2017’s statistics:
Fulton County: Most Dangerous Roads (By Fatalities)
NUMBER OF FATALITIES
|Fulton industrial Blvd.||5|
|Camp Creek Pkwy.||4|
Fulton County: Most Dangerous Intersections (By Crashes)
NUMBER OF CRASHES
|Camp Creek Pkwy at Merk Rd (milepost 5.38)||39|
|Old Dixie Hwy at Tradeport Blvd SW||21|
|Campbellton Rd at Union Rd (milepost 1.13)||17|
|Cleveland Ave near Sylvan Road (milepost 1.10)||15|
How to Stay Safe on the Road
In the chaos immediately following a car accident, minimizing the amount of damage caused should be a priority to all parties involved. If you are involved in a car accident, the following actions should be taken as soon as possible:
- Contact emergency personnel immediately to notify them of the crash (especially if injury or fatality has occurred);
- Move out of the direct path of traffic (if possible);
- Assess the physical status of both yourself and others involved in the accident. If first aid is required and is able to be performed, do so as necessary;
- While waiting for emergency personnel to arrive, exchange insurance and contact information with all parties involved in the accident. This is critical to filing a claim against the individual(s) who may be responsible;
- Using your phone or a camera, photograph the scene of the accident in detail to use as evidence in your claim. This is especially important in proving the amount of damages you are entitled to as part of your claim;
- Gather the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident, but may not have been directly involved. This may be helpful in proving the validity of your insurance claim should it be disputed in any way;
- While the period immediately following a car accident can seem like a tumultuous blur due to stress, medical bills and the possible death of a loved one, it is also important to retain a seasoned personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
At Greathouse Trial Law we know firsthand that having a seasoned legal team fighting for you can be the difference between successfully recovering damages and walking away with nothing, should your claim end up in court. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Atlanta car accident, contact us to discuss the details of your claim today.