Atlanta Ranks in Nationwide Report of Traffic Crashes and Congestion

The detriment of traffic has been shown to be more than just exasperating, but physically costly to cities and societies as well. Atlanta is well known for bottlenecked roads and bumper-to-bumper highways and now the city has ranked highly in traffic crashes. AAA’sCrashes vs. Congestion – What’s the Cost to Society study examined data taken from 2009 motor vehicle crashes and congestion across the United States. Atlanta (including Sandy Springs and Marietta) ranked 4th in the nation of traffic accidents and 6th in fatalities caused by traffic accidents. Atlanta also ranked 5th in total cost of crashes- following behind cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami-as reported by the AJC.

Statistics of traffic crashes reveal motor vehicle accidents as a leading cause of death in ages 5-34 in the U.S., resulting in more than 33,000 people killed in 2009, according to AAA. While state legislative changes and ever-improving technology are proactive steps to help reduce such kinds of traffic accidents, the overall cost is still overwhelming. The crash cost per person in a very large metropolitan city like Atlanta is more than two and a half times the amount the cost of congestion.


"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 top of mind, despite the fact that costs are more than three times the amount of congestion."

-Michele Harris, AAA's director of traffic safety culture.


AAA’s report shows the following cost statistics measured for Atlanta (see second row from the bottom):

Atlanta Fatalities and Injuries










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