WPR News
8:27 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Accidents More Likely In Rural Areas

Washington D-C – A country drive might be relaxing, but it can also be dangerous.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 42 percent more fatal crashes occur in rural parts of the country than on busy stretches of highways through cities and suburbs.
A study the administration released today (Thursday) says rural
crashes are more likely to involve multiple fatalities, rollovers
and motorists being thrown from their vehicles.
Making matters worse, it takes longer for emergency medical
services to arrive at the scene.
The study focused on fatal crashes from 1994 through 2003.
In 2003, Montana led the nation with 95-point-four percent of
its fatal crashes occurring along rural roads.
Montana was followed by Maine, South Dakota and South Carolina.
Wyoming ranked ninth with 80-point-one percent of its fatal crashes
occurring on rural roads.