Like all commuters, we often complain about Atlanta traffic. The backups and the time delays can be irritating—but what you may not realize is that the annual cost of Atlanta traffic accidents is over three times the amount spent on road congestion costs.
A 2009 report done by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that traffic crashes nationwide cost citizens $299.5 billion every year, compared with a $97.7 billion cost of congestion. This same study ranked Atlanta the fourth-highest city in the U.S. by the number of car accident-related injuries—and sixth-highest in the number of traffic-related fatalities.
The AAA study also uncovered some surprising statistics:
- Over 62,000 people were injured in Atlanta car crashes in 2009
- 498 died in car accidents (or as a result of car accident injury) that year
- Crashes in Atlanta cost residents almost $11 million in 2009. The only cities with higher costs were Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.
- From 2005 to 2009, the amount spent on crash costs nationwide nearly doubled.
As trusted Atlanta personal injury attorneys, we know that those who have been in car crashes are not thinking about the dollar amounts—they’re thinking about their injuries. Will they work again or walk again—and how will they be able to take care of their families?
Unfortunately, bill collectors won’t wait for your injuries to heal before demanding payment. The insurance company you trusted to take care of you is denying your claim, and the other driver’s insurance company says the accident was your fault. Money has now become everyone’s priority—at a time when you are least able to provide it.
At Shane Smith, we help victims of Georgia car wrecks get compensation for their injuries, providing income for medical bills and lost wages due to the accident. Call us today at 770-HURT-999 to schedule a free consultation, or order a free copy of our book, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case.