Traffic Safety Facts: Rural/Urban Comparison, 2013 Data

  • Published: NHTSA (2015)
  • Authors: NHTSA
  • Date Added: 05 Apr 2016
  • Last Update: 05 Apr 2016
  • Format: pdf


Fact sheet presenting and comparing the characteristics of urban and rural collisions.


National statistics

Key Findings:

  • 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