Charlotte among cities with most traffic accidents in 2019, study says

A new report identifying which U.S. cities had the most traffic accidents in 2019 holds both good and bad news for Charlotte motorists. The traffic safety study by San Francisco-based Go Safe Labs showed that Charlotte's 21,818 traffic accidents last year ranked second-highest — despite that number dropping by more than 13% from 2018.

The study's preliminary results found that Charlotte trailed just Houston in number of wrecks in 2019. Houston had 22,188 last year. Trailing Charlotte at No. 3 was Los Angeles, with 19,660 accidents.

Two other cities in the Southeast appeared on that list of the top 10 cities with most accidents last year. Raleigh placed at No. 6, with 12,846 accidents, and Nashville, Tennessee, came in at No. 9, with 10,091.

The report, however, showed that Charlotte's number of wrecks decreased by more than 3,300 over the year, falling 13.3% to 21,818 from 25,172 in 2018.

The study focused strictly on volume of accidents and did not account for the severity of wrecks. It used data from online accident-reporting services rather than official government reports due to long lag times that prevents timely analysis.

Go Safe Labs said its data-science team reviewed more than 1.8 million accident reports across the nation from 2018 to 2019. Traffic accidents in the U.S. increased 6.8% between 2018 and 2019.

Click here to see the entire report, including what Go Safe Labs has identified as the nation's top 10 hot spots for where accidents occur. None of those are located in Charlotte.

Go Safe Labs launched in mid-November with the purpose of using data to advance transport infrastructure. Its chairman is Kevin Pomplun, the cofounder and CEO of Go, a smartphone app aimed at saving people money with safer driving.

"We believe by sharing data we can create new insights, services, and tools that will impact public safety and public infrastructure," Go Safe Lab says on its website. "We’re starting out by assembling and standardizing data at the local, state, and federal levels. We think this will advance not just safety, but also add transparency that will help us make decisions faster with more information."

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