How Many Accidents Happen in Jefferson City?
In 2020, there were only three traffic-related fatalities, but there were 1,026 accidents. Of those, there were 262 accidents that resulted in 353 people being injured and 761 incidents of property damage.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Jefferson City?
While it is pretty safe to drive in Jefferson City, the road infrastructure is actually very poor. According to a report at the end of 2020, a nonprofit determined that drivers in the Columbia-Jefferson City area pay an additional $1,514 each year due to both vehicle and depreciation costs as a result of road deterioration, accidents and congestion.
The same report found that 8% of the local bridges are structurally deficient. While local authorities are working to improve the infrastructure, such improvements may not happen anytime soon.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 12.5% of Missouri’s bridges are structurally deficient. ASCE estimates that overall, Missouri residents each spend $604 annually for vehicle repairs and operating costs due to the poor condition of the roads. The national average is $533 per driver annually.