New data shows rural roads are more dangerous than urban roads

According to new federal data the chances a person may die from a traffic accident depends on where the person lives and what roads the person is traveling. The conclusion from reviewing the federal data show that urban roads are safer than rural roads and that rural states have a higher highway death rate than urban states. The assertion that rural roads are more dangerous holds true even in states with a low rate of fatal car accidents.

The study looked at the traffic fatalities per 100 million miles driven and traffic fatalities per 100,000 population to create rates of highway deaths in every state and Washington D.C. According to the study the safest places to drive are Massachusetts and Washington D.C. Among the most dangerous places to drive in the United States are Montana, Wyoming, Mississippi and our home state of Louisiana. Massachusetts, the safest state, has a highway death rate of 5.1 percent and Wyoming, the most dangerous state, has a highway death rate of 24.6 percent. Louisiana has a highway death rate of 18.3 percent. The national average is 11.0 percent.

Rural areas are more dangerous driving areas than urban areas because rural roads have higher speed limits, less safety engineering like highway barriers and slower access to emergency medical assistance. A spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety asserted that Western states are going to have higher fatality rates because more serious highway accidents happen on two-lane rural roads with high speed limits.

Some highway safety groups do not believe the comparisons are the best way to determine the safety of roads in a particular state. The Governors Highway Safety Association believes that the safety of a state’s roads should be measured by the highway laws the state has passed. Contact a Vero Beach lawyer today for more information.