Study: Texas Cities Are Safer for Drivers Than Rural Areas

Are you more likely to die in a car accident in Houston or Liberty? What about Dallas or Joplin? The answer might surprise you.

In a recent study of 2009 traffic accident fatalities by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that compared fatal urban car crashes with fatal rural car crashes, researchers found that you are more than twice as likely to be killed in a rural car wreck than a urban car wreck. Even though it doesn’t at first seem logical, deadly car wrecks in places like Montana and Wyoming are much more common than in Washington, DC, or New York City.

Why are country roads more dangerous than city roads?
Traffic safety advocates explain that rural roads often have high speed limits, two-lane highways, and obstructions like trees, mountains, and wildlife. City roads, on the other hand, often have lower speed limits, more traffic signals, and more safety features. At the same time, those who are involved in city accidents are often reached quickly by first responders and transported to nearby hospitals within minutes. In rural accidents, it may take significantly longer to get accident victims to the hospital.

How do Texas fatal accident rates compare?
According to the study, which examined 2009 accident rates, Texas had 3,071 traffic fatalities and a fatality rate of 12.4 (per 100,000 people). In comparison to other states, it was in the middle of the pack, coming in 23rd overall. The states with the highest car accident fatality rates were Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Connecticut. The overall traffic fatality rate in the United States was 11.0.

Have you been involved in a Texas car accident – either on a rural road or in a large city? If the accident was not your fault, you may want to consult with a Houston personal injury attorney about receiving compensation for your damages, injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact VB Attorneys today.