Saturday, August 12, 2006

2751 Vehicle accidents in rural areas

Virtually all the people I know who have died in traffic accidents have been from "home"--i.e., rural, northern Illinois--even though I haven't lived there since 1957. I think I've blogged about this before. My nephew narrowly escaped death from a motorcycle accident last Thursday on Chana Road near Illinois Rt.64. He will be a long time recovering, and we're calling him a prayer chain miracle. But these statistics published in Farm Journal are just stunning. Many more miles are traveled in urban areas than rural, but the rural areas have the highest number of crashes and fatalities.

26.4: In trillions, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the U.S. from 1994 to 2003

39: Percent of VMT in rural areas

61: Percent of VMT in urban areas

42: Percent more crashes in rural settings than urban settings

49: Percent more fatalities in rural crashes compared with urban crashes

2.1: The fatal crash rate in rural areas per 100 million VMT

1: The fatal crash rate in urban areas

24: Percent of fatal crashes in rural areas involving vehicle rollovers

10: Percent of fatal crashes in urban areas involving vehicle rollovers

1 comment:

murrayT said...

It does not surprise me that the percentage of fatalities are higher in the rurals than in urban areas. It's about speed. Speed kills. It's difficult to be killed when you are in bumper to bumper traffic going 5mph. The statistics would include many urban miles driven at that speed. Besides, you must consider also that in the rurals you are competing for road space with semi's. As far as total number of crashes, you have to do a "Clinton" and define crashes. I'm sure there are many unreported fender benders associated with urban driving that would far outpace the number of rural "crashes".