Traffic Safety Facts: Rural/Urban Comparison, 2013 Data
- Published: NHTSA (2015)
- Authors: NHTSA
- Date Added: 05 Apr 2016
- Last Update: 05 Apr 2016
Fact sheet presenting and comparing the characteristics of urban and rural collisions.
In the USA 53% of all traffic accidents occurred in rural areas, accounting for 54% of fatalities. However there was a 30% decrease in rural fatalities between 2004 and 2013.
The fatality rate per million vehicle miles travelled was 2.6 times higher in rural areas.
Speeding was responsible for 30% of crashes in rural areas.
Of all alcohol impaired driving fatalities 54% occurred on rural roads, although there was a 29% decrease in drink driving fatalities between 2004 and 2013.
Of the fatalities occurring on rural roads, 39% were in a collision involving a roll-over.
National statistics, rural roads, comparison, speeding, fatalities, seriously injured, drink-driving