National newspapers and cable TV networks are constantly giving us new traffic stats regarding the country as a whole. Those are useful, sure. They tell us about the dangerous trends affecting interstates and the roads we all share.
But local traffic data can be even more important as a revealing look at the not-so-famous roads you spend most of your drive time on. Unfortunately, local traffic data can be hard to come by for anyone outside of the country’s biggest cities.
Fortunately, we’ve managed to cull together a few highly relevant, Augusta-specific traffic reports, drawing on several different sources throughout the state.
Together, we think these stats tell a story about:
Because Augusta exists as a consolidated city-county (officially Augusta-Richmond County), the local traffic data for the city and county here are one and the same.
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GA GOHS) make car accident statistics in Augusta available publicly, dating back to 2012, as follows:
|Total Number of Crashes in Augusta||Number of Injuries||Number of Fatalities|
Reviewing the data in the table above, we notice several unusual trends:
The following table shows how the death toll grew month by month over the last three years. You will notice that the numbers begin to leap in the spring or summer of each year.
In June 2017, local Augusta news outlet WRDW (CBS 12) published an analysis of the car accident statistics in Augusta, identifying the ten most dangerous intersections in the city.
We’ve taken WRDW’s data and organized it in the following table, take note of which streets appear most often.
|Rank||Intersection||Number of Crashes|
(2014 – June 2017)
|1.||Washington Rd. at I-20||203|
|2.||Bobby Jones Expressway at Gordon Highway||188|
|3.||I-20 at Washington Rd.||188|
|4.||Deans Bridge Rd. at Bobby Jones Expressway||187|
|5.||Wrightsboro Rd. at Bobby Jones Expressway||187|
|6.||Bobby Jones Expressway at Wrightsboro Rd.||176|
|7.||Washington Rd. at Boy Scout Rd.||166|
|8.||Tobacco Rd. at Windsor Spring Rd.||165|
|9.||Peach Orchard Rd. at Bobby Jones Expressway||163|
|10.||Windsor Spring Rd. at Tobacco Rd.||162|
Note the following:
The following image charts two types of car accident statistics in Augusta between 2012 and 2016: traffic deaths related to alcohol vs. those related to speeding.
As you can see, the number of deaths due to speeding has increased while the number of deaths due to drunk driving has been reduced by more than half. That said, with the relatively small number of deaths involved, the sample size may be too small for drawing any firm conclusions.
Notably, the official car accident statistics in Augusta do not measure the role that texting while driving has played in car crashes here. Undoubtedly, “intextication” has emerged as a full-fledged epidemic nationwide, responsible for an ever-growing portion of traffic deaths across the country. There is every reason to suspect that smartphone use behind the wheel poses a similar threat here in Augusta.
Alarmed by the car accident statistics in Augusta? We are too.
As Augusta auto accident lawyers, we’ve seen first-hand how devastating these car crashes can be. We’ve also seen how insurance companies routinely treat accident victims unfairly, making lowball offers or unduly delaying a claim while the victims are left to fend for themselves.
We’re here to stand against that. Our attorneys work aggressively to advance each client’s best interests, fighting to maximize their financial compensation at every turn. We’d like to fight toward that same goal for you.
You can talk to one of our experienced Augusta car accident lawyers at no cost and no obligation during a complimentary case review, either in person or over the phone.
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