According to a recent AAA report that reviewed 2009 traffic data, Atlanta ranked fourth in the nation for automobile accidents and sixth for traffic-related deaths. This indicates that only three cities out of the entire U.S. had more accidents than Atlanta.
The report indicated that in Atlanta over 62,000 people were injured, and 499 people died in crashes in 2009, costing the public around $11 million in the metro area alone. This astronomical amount of money caused by automobile accidents in Atlanta followed closely behind Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
The Atlanta Journal constitution found that nationally crashes cost the public around $299.5 billion, which is approximately three times the cost of congestion at $97.7 billion. The AAA report on congestion and crash costs was last completed in 2005. This new 2009 report revealed that the costs for both crashes and congestion almost doubled from what they were in 2005.
AAA’s director of traffic safety culture Michele Harris said that “Motorists often think of the burdens associated with congestion during daily commutes, but the $300 billion annual cost of crashes on our society is usually not the top priority, despite the fact that costs are more than three times the amount of congestion.”
Kalka & Baer would like to remind motorists in the Atlanta metro area to slow down, follow traffic rules, and not to drive distracted in order to reduce your chances of being involved and injured in an Atlanta car crash.
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