It’s been found that car accidents in rural areas are more likely to result in fatalities than car accidents in urban areas. This can sometimes surprise rural drivers, who feel relatively safe on wide-open roads.
But the statistics do show that far less driving happens on rural roads, and yet roughly half of all motor vehicle accidents occur there. So why is this? Below are two reasons to consider:
Speed limits are higher
To begin with, speed limits tend to be higher in rural areas, and that means that car accidents are more likely to be fatal simply because there is a correlation between speed and fatal injuries. Car accidents at lower speeds are much more likely to result in injuries that are not life-threatening.
So you may actually have more vehicles and more total accidents in the city, but there will be fewer fatal accidents if those crashes are taking place at relatively low speeds. Meanwhile, rural drivers may face far less traffic and see fewer accidents, but a higher percentage of those crashes will be fatal.
Medical care is farther away
Another issue that sometimes gets overlooked is that medical care is farther from the accident site. Someone who gets involved in a crash may remain at the scene for half an hour while emergency crews respond and then take them to the hospital, for instance. In the city, that whole process may take just a few minutes. Faster response times can save lives.
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