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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Personal Injury Law: Fatal Car Wrecks in Urban Versus Rural Areas in Georgia

Everyone has a preference -some people feel safer driving city streets, where the pace of traffic is frequently slowed down by traffic lights and stop signs.  Others prefer driving on long stretches of open road.  But which is safer? 

According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 49 percent of car accident fatalities occurred in a rural areas and 51 percent occurred within a city.  At first glance, it may seem like the risk of a fatal car crash is equal in both areas.  However, according to the boundaries drawn by the State highway departments, only 19 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, meaning that less than 20 percent of the population accounted for almost half of the fatalities in traffic accidents.  

As a personal injury attorney, I have helped many car accident victims throughout the cities of Atlanta, Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson and Barnesville as well as more rural areas throughout Henry County and Georgia.  After reviewing the comprehensive NHTSA study, here are some important facts that everyone can keep in mind when driving on city or country roads:

  • Speeding is Equally Risky: Approximately 30 percent of fatalities in both urban and rural areas were speed-related.

  • Likelihood of Seat Belt Use is Similar: Seat belt use among occupants of vehicles in urban areas was 86 percent, compared to 84 percent in rural areas. 

  • Night Driving is More Dangerous in the City: In rural areas, approximately half of fatalities due to speeding occurred at night.   In comparison, in urban areas nearly two thirds of speed-related fatalities occurred at night, making night driving in urban areas much riskier. 

  • Alcohol-Related Deaths:  Rural areas accounted for more alcohol-impaired drivers, but only by 10 percent.  

  • Overall, Driving in Rural Areas is More Dangerous:  In fact, the fatality rate was 2.4 times higher in rural areas than in urban areas. 

If you were involved in an accident and need help with your claim, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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