A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) examined freeway bottlenecks commonly accessed by truckers in 300 different sites across the country. It found Atlanta's I-285 at I-85 (North) to be the most congested thoroughfare in the nation for trucks. This was followed closely behind by another Atlanta passageway--I-75 at I-285 (North)--in fourth place.
While the severity of motor vehicle crashes tends to increase when fewer vehicles are on the road (because cars and trucks are travelling at higher speeds), researchers have found that the frequency and numbers of crashes increase when traffic is more congested. If the accident involves a semi-tractor trailers even a lower-speed crash can cause significant damages and injuries.
As the interstates and roads fill to capacity, the number of traffic accidents--and fatalities--has followed a parallel upward trend. It is more important than ever for the traffic safety community to take action.
Some experts have pushed for added infrastructure to accommodate the growing demand for road space. Some of this added infrastructure can be seen on I-75 south though Marietta. Others have advocated for the transportation planners to focus their efforts on safety improvements in order to prevent crashes and lower congestion. Still other traffic experts have called for increased public awareness. They believe drivers need to be better educated about the ways in which their behavior impacts traffic safety as well as effective countermeasures to prevent traffic crashes.
Traffic dangers are a real and growing concern on U.S. roads. Remember to stay alert behind the wheel--especially in areas which are prone to congestion.