Auto Accident Statistics

Between 2000 and 2010 the number of licensed Georgia drivers increased by more than 14% which means that more than 750,000 more drivers took to the roadways during that time.

However, the number of accidents during that decade decreased which means that drivers are also practicing better habits behind the wheel.


Interesting Facts From Georgia Accident Statistics

The following are some auto accident statistics from the Georgia Office of Highway Safety:

  • 95% of motor vehicle accidents involved in crashes in 2009 were passenger vehicles and light trucks.
  • Per 100 licensed drivers, those between the ages of 16 and 19 had the highest number of crashes.
  • In 2010 approximately 24% of all fatal accidents were caused by a driver under the influence.
  • 17% of all fatal accidents in 2010 were speed-related.
  • Statewide seatbelt use was 89.9% which was actually a decrease from 2009.
  • Crashes most frequently occur between Thursday and Sundays.
  • Accidents were most frequently reported between 11a.m. and 4:00p.m.
  • The number one cause of all accidents was tailgating followed by failing to yield.
  • Fatal crashes were most frequently caused by a driver losing control of their vehicle.
  • In 2011 there were more than 12,100 collisions in Chatham County specifically.
  • In 2006, drivers over the age of 65 were responsible for more than 36,600 auto collisions.
  • Rear-end accidents were the most frequently reported type of car accident.
  • Since 2000 males have been more frequently involved in motor vehicle accidents in Georgia.

More than 37% of the accidents reported in 2006 resulted in injuries including more than 7,000 injuries to children. After being involved in a motor vehicle collision it is important to seek out medical care as some signs and symptoms of an injury can take hours to develop.