NHTSA: Rural Areas More Prone to Traffic Fatalities

Although the majority of Americans live in urban areas, rural traffic fatalities accounted for nearly half of all fatal traffic accidents in 2017. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 17,000 people were killed as a result of traffic accidents in rural areas and approximately 19,000 were killed in urban areas. Roughly 19 percent of Americans live in rural areas, and one-third of all vehicle miles traveled in 2017 were in rural areas.

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NHTSA: Urban Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise

Prior to 2016, the number of rural traffic fatalities was larger than the number of traffic fatalities in urban areas. As more Americans move from sparsely-populated areas of the country to larger towns and cities, the number of urban traffic fatalities has surpassed the number of rural traffic fatalities in recent years.

According to the NHTSA, factors that could potentially contribute to this increase include:

  • Total vehicle miles traveled in urban areas increased by 13 percent since 2008.
  • Urban population increased while rural population decreased.
  • Since 2008, pedestrian, cyclist and motorcyclist fatalities have increased in urban areas while those same fatalities decreased in rural areas.

While there may be obvious reasons for the decrease in rural traffic fatalities, other factors, such as time of day, light condition, vehicle speed, alcohol, and seat belt use among drivers and passengers could contribute to the overall total of fatal traffic accidents in America.

Majority of Traffic Fatalities in Arkansas Occurred in Rural Areas

Like other states with large rural populations, and small population density, the number of rural traffic fatalities in Arkansas remained larger than that of those occurring in urban areas. According to the NHTSA, 66 percent of all traffic fatalities in Arkansas occurred in rural areas in 2017. Since 2008, the percentage of rural traffic fatalities in Arkansas has decreased, with nearly 80 percent of all traffic fatalities occurring in rural areas in 2009 and 2010.

How Can an Attorney Help If You’re Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

When negligence results in injury, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists who are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident may be able to file a file a claim and recover compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Likewise, the families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

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