Auto accidents are unfortunate and can occur at anytime and any location. A 2015 report found that there were 254.6 million vehicles registered in the United States and that 2.18 million individuals were injured in car crashes. The report also found that the most vehicle fatalities occur in these five U.S. states: California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Georgia.
With Georgia being the 24th largest and 8th most populous state, you can expect a significant amount of crashes, injuries, and fatalities. 14 of Georgia’s counties ranked among the nation’s 100 fastest-growing counties, being second only to Texas. Growing counties can increase the likelihood of car crashes.
In fact, a study found that approximately 70 drivers are hurt in Georgia car accidents every hour.
Georgia Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety released a recent report with the latest crash and injury data for 2016. The data shows that there were a total of 1,442 fatal motor vehicle crashes with 1,554 motor vehicle crash deaths. Out of the 1,554 deaths, 1,050 were passenger vehicle crashes via car, trucks, vans, buses, representing 72% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities. Georgia also had a higher rate of fatalities per 100,000 population at 15.1% than the entire U.S. at 11.6%.
Of the types of accidents and causes:
– 232 were pedestrian deaths
– 172 were motorcyclist deaths
– 29 were bicyclist deaths
– 23.7% deaths were caused by alcohol impaired driving (368 total)
– 17.1% deaths were caused by speeding (266 total)
– 30.6% passengers died due to not wearing a seatbelt (476 deaths)
The top 5 counties with the most motor vehicle crash fatalities are Fulton County, Dekalb County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County, and Clayton County.
These 5 counties are all located around Fulton County, which houses the state capital, Atlanta, and accounted for 24% of all motor vehicle fatalities in 2016. There is no wonder auto accidents in Georgia are significantly high.
You can find all this data in our infographic below.
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If you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Georgia, contact the Eichholz Law Firm for one of our expert car accident lawyers. We’ll provide you with professional legal counsel and get you the compensation you deserve. Our Georgia car accident lawyers are readily available to help residents in various Georgia cities including Johns Creek/Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, and Savannah. Find out more about the auto accident cases we handle and seek legal car accident advice today.