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Fatality Stats: How They Compare On Roadways Vs. Interstates

Last Updated on June 17, 2021 by Theodore Spaulding

I recently made a video comparing the accident statistics between interstate and surface roads and the conclusion was that surface roads have more accidents involving motorcyclists than on the freeway.

As an Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney, I was asked to go into a little more in-depth regarding the specificity of fatality rates, not just accidents overall.

The popular theory seems to be that freeways and interstates are going to have a higher rate of fatality accidents even though the overall accident rate may be lower than on surface streets.

What Does Research Say About The Fatality Rates Of Interstates And Highways?

I conducted the research and found that the answer is actually no, it is not true at all. Even when it is broken down to fatalities, there are more fatalities on surface roads than on freeways and interstates.

The actual statistics show that 62% of motorcycle fatalities occur on surface streets rather than freeways and interstates.

I also found two other interesting statistics that break this down even further, and that is the difference between a major surface road and a minor surface road, which consists of roads similar to county roads that far from urban areas.

The answer is that more fatalities occur on major surface roads, rather than on the minor surface roads. This makes sense because you’ve got more traffic flowing there, and a lot of these roads lead to interstates, you’re going to have a ton of traffic there, which is much more dangerous for a motorcycle rider.

What Can Be Concluded From This Research?

The conclusion was that urban surface streets have higher fatality rates than your country and back roads that are located throughout Georgia.

Even when you’re looking just at fatalities, surface roads are the most dangerous roads to be driving and riding a motorcycle on.

If you have any other questions, concerns, feel free to reach out.

Theodore Spaulding, attorney

For over 15 years, Mr. Spaulding has helped victims of negligence across the state of Georgia resolve personal injury disputes, and he’s received a remarkable number of awards and honors from the legal community recognizing his commitment to clients and to the metro-Atlanta area.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Spaulding belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity at the University of Georgia, and he obtained his legal training at the Georgia State College of Law, where he clerked for the Honorable Judge Rowland Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court. Mr. Spaulding has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Atlanta Enforcement Division. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping the injured victims of negligence and their loved ones win justice in Georgia’s personal injury courts.