Atlanta Auto Accident Statistics

With six major interstates, hundreds of heavily traveled roadways, and countless suburban community streets, the Atlanta metro area is unquestionably a hub of transportation. While well-developed road systems make traveling more convenient, Atlanta auto accident statistics indicate that they also present some very real dangers.

Even the most conscientious, law-abiding motorists or pedestrians can fall victim to unfortunate events. The truth is, we cannot control the actions of others, and negligence or recklessness is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in Atlanta.


According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), Atlanta roadways are among the most dangerous in the United States and certainly in Georgia. In 2013, Georgia as a whole was ranked the seventh-worst state for fatal auto accidents. Unfortunately, a large number of these accidents could have been prevented.

Data, media reports, and law enforcement officials constantly warn Atlanta drivers of the dangers of speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving. Consider the following statistics:

  • In 2011, 18 percent of all fatal auto accidents in Georgia involved speeding
  • In 2011, 23 percent (or more) of auto accidents in Georgia involved use of cellphones, totaling over one million crashes
  • 52 percent of drivers admit to using cellphones while driving
  • 34 percent of drivers admit to actively texting while driving
  • 13 percent of teenage drivers involved in auto accidents admit to using mobile devices while driving
  • Across the U.S., drunk driving claims 27 lives every day
  • In 2015, 290,000 people were injured in drunk driving accidents and another 10,265 people died

Auto Accident Statistics: The Human Cost

Auto accident statistics from 2013-2014 indicated the following for Georgia and, more specifically, Fulton County:

2013 Auto Accident Statistics

  • There were 1,180 fatalities on Georgia roadways
  • I-285 was listed in 2013 as having the most fatal accidents per mile in the entire U.S.
  • Fulton County had the highest concentration of fatalities, with 85 reported in 2013.
  • There were 54,385 auto accidents in Fulton County alone.
  • In 2013, auto accidents cost Georgian’s $1.63 billion between medical costs and lost wages.

2014 Auto Accident Statistics

  • There were 1,164 fatalities on Georgia roadways.
  • There were 77 fatalities reported in Fulton County.
  • There were 55,833 auto accidents in Fulton County alone.
  • There were 14,373 auto accidents in Fulton County resulting in injuries.
  • 42 percent of fatalities in 2014 occurred among unrestrained motorists.
  • The most common causes of fatalities in 2014 included:
    • Alcohol
    • Speed
    • Motorcycle accidents
    • Pedestrian accidents
    • Large truck accidents

Get Help After an Atlanta Auto Accident

Whether you are commuting from the suburbs, walking the sidewalks of Downtown Atlanta, or passing through on the interstate, an Atlanta auto accident can change your life. If you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else or have lost a loved one in an auto accident, contact our personal injury attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and how you can pursue justice.

At Yates and Wheland, you will be treated the way that we would want our own loved ones to be treated.