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Traffic Accidents in Georgia: By The Numbers

Traffic statistics for Augusta and Richmond County from the Augusta, Georgia website show that there were 10,300 accidents in 2015, the highest total since the 10,312 in 1998. The accidents in 2015 resulted in 28 fatalities and included:

  • 110 pedestrian accidents causing three fatalities
  • 40 bicycle accidents causing no fatalities
  • 14 vehicle accidents involving train or equipment issues that caused no fatalities
  • 140 vehicle accidents involving deer that caused no fatalities
  • 54 motorcycle accidents causing three fatalities.

According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway, there were 1,554 traffic fatalities in 2016, 603 of which were classified as rural and 951 that were urban. There were 2,150 drivers involved in fatal crashes that year, 1,050 passenger vehicle occupant fatalities (483 of which were restrained and 476 that were not), 232 pedestrian fatalities, and 29 bicyclist fatalities.

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway reported that among fatalities in 2016:

  • 583 occupants, or 38 percent, were in Passenger cars
  • 216 occupants, or 14 percent in Light trucks classified as pickups
  • 216 occupants, or 14 percent in Light trucks classified as utility
  • 39 occupants, or 3 percent, were in light trucks classified as vans
  • 33 occupants, or 2 percent, were in large trucks
  • Four occupants were in buses
  • 30 occupants, or 2 percent, were classified as other or unknown.

Of the 1,554 total fatalities, 857 were single vehicle accidents, 179 involved a large truck, 266 involved speeding, 402 involved rollovers, 849 involved roadway departures, and 362 involved intersections.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were 2,811.5 total cases of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in private industry in Georgia in 2017. This total included 1,528.0 cases with days away from work, job transfers, or restrictions, 882.7 cases with days away from work, 645.3 cases with job transfers or restrictions, and 1,283.5 other recordable cases.

According to the BLS, there were 194 fatal occupational injuries in Georgia in 2017. This total included:

  • 37 incidents of violence and other injuries by persons or animals (including 31 homicides and five suicides)
  • 76 transportation incidents (including five aircraft incidents, three rail vehicle incidents, nine pedestrian vehicular incidents
  • 55 roadway incidents involving motorized vehicles)
  • Two fires and explosions
  • 29 falls, slips, or trips
  • 14 cases of exposure to harmful substances or environments (including six exposures to electricity and four exposures to other harmful substances)
  • 13 incidents of contact with objects and equipment (including eight incidents of being struck by objects or equipment and one incident of being caught in or compressed by equipment).

The Annual Traffic Crash and Intersection Analysis prepared by the Augusta Planning & Development Department reported that there were 31 fatal collisions in Richmond County in 2017, the most since the 38 in 2012. The 11,846 total collisions also included 2,390 injury collisions and 9,425 property damage only (PDO) collisions.

Richmond County had 32 fatalities in 2017, the highest total since the 40 in 2012. There were also 203 people seriously injured, which was only two years removed from the previous high of 241 in 2015.

Richmond County had no fatal bicycle crashes and no serious injury bicycle crashes in 2017 for the second straight year, and the three fatal bicycle crashes and three serious injury bicycle crashes in 2011 were the highest of the seven-year period.

There were 11 fatal pedestrian crashes and 14 serious injury pedestrian crashes, which was the highest fatality total since the 12 fatal pedestrian crashes in 2012 and the highest serious injury total since the 26 serious injury pedestrian crashes in 2014. There were also 12 pedestrian fatalities and 14 seriously injured pedestrians.

The intersections in Richmond County with the highest numbers of crashes included:

  • Interstate 520 (I-520) East Ramps and Peach Orchard Road with 226 crashes (the most in the state)
  • Marks Church Road and Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway and Wheeler Road with 191 crashes
  • Gordon Highway and Highland Avenue and Wheeless Road with 174 crashes
  • Tobacco Road and Windsor Spring Road with 160 crashes
  • Barton Chapel Road and Deans Bridge Road and Meadowbrook Road with 156 crashes
  • Interstate 520 (I-520) East Ramps & Mike Padgett Highway with 152 crashes
  • Bobby Jones Expressway and Old Trail Road with 149 crashes
  • Interstate 20 (I-20) East Ramps and Washington Road with 147 crashes
  • Jackson Road and North Leg Road and Wrightsboro Road with 146 crashes
  • Boy Scout Road and Center West Parkway and Washington Road with 145 crashes
  • Alexander Drive and Berckmans Road and Washington Road with 138 crashes
  • Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway with 128 crashes
  • Stevens Creek Road and Washington Road with 120 crashes.

Overall, Richmond County accounted for 14 of the top 20 intersections with the most crashes in Georgia.