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It was an unfortunately all-too-typical evening in Atlanta recently, when a multi-vehicle accident blocked all eastbound lanes of I-285 near the Chamblee Dunwoody/ N Shallowford exit for hours. If it seems like you spend a lot of your time sitting in traffic around town, you aren’t wrong. Atlanta’s busy roadways, the dangers drivers face when traveling here, and the time we spend stuck traffic is well documented. An RV rental company, Outdoorsy, recently analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey, and Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report 2019 to form a list of the 50 most dangerous cities for drivers. Atlanta came in at number 5on that list, with drivers here being involved in one accident every 7.1 years on average.  Drivers in Atlanta are 49.5 percent more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers across the nation. Another study indicates that Atlanta drivers spend an average of 82 hours per year stuck in traffic congestion, an amount that also landed them at the number 5 spot in the nation in analysis provided by INRIX, a mobility analytics company.  The vast majority of these wasted hours are spent in the downtown Connector, where drivers are stuck in traffic around 64 hours a year. The price for traveling through Atlanta isn’t just measured in time, either. Traffic congestion costs the city about $3 billion a year — which averages to more than $1,200 per driver. If you have been injured in an accident in Atlanta that was the result of someone else’s careless or reckless actions, you can seek compensation for the expenses and quality-of-life impacts you incurred as a result. The experienced accident attorneys at Cambre & Associates can tell you more about this process. Contact us for a free case evaluation.