Fatal Car Accidents Found to be Lower in Major Cities
Would it surprise you to know that fatal car accidents have been found to be lower in major cities in the United States. The overall death rate for fatal car accidents in the United States is 11.1 deaths for every 100,000 people. However, in the nations 50 largest cities the death rate is 8.2 deaths per 100,000 people in fatal car accidents.
Car accidents are still one of the main causes of injury and death in the United States, even though they have declined in the last few years. In 2009, there were 34,485 deaths in car accidents.
Data from 2009
Data from 2009 revealed that people in the 50 largest cities make up 54 percent of the nations population, but they represented only 40 percent of deaths from car accidents in 2009. Fatal car accidents in the 50 largest cities ranged from 4.4 to 17.8 percent for every 100,000 people. 37 of these metropolitan areas, which represents 74 percent, had death rates from car accidents that were lower than the overall national death rate.
In metropolitan areas, deaths from car accidents were generally higher in southern states. The highest death rates were in the southeastern part of the United States.
The fact that there is a need to learn more about the factors that affect the risk of being killed in a car accident is reflected in the variations in the death rates for car accidents. It has been suggested that urban sprawl may be part of the reason for the differences in death rates from car accidents in metropolitan areas.
Urban sprawl may be to blame
Sprawl has been found to be more prevalent in Southern states. Death rates from car accidents are higher in sprawling metropolitan areas than they are in compact metropolitan areas.
In the 50 largest cities in the United States, the death rate in car accidents for people who were from the ages of 15 to 24 was 10.9 percent for every 100,000 people, which is higher than the overall rate for people of all ages. However, the overall death rate in car accidents for people in this age group was 17.3 percent per 100,000 people.
The age group between 15 and 24
One of the major concerns regarding car accidents is that in the age group of people who are between the ages of 15 and 24, car accidents are the most common cause of death. In 2009, of the 34,485 deaths in car accidents, 22 percent were in this age group.
In light of these troubling statistics, there have been some recommended prevention measures set forth for this age group of people between 15 and 24. These prevention measures include:
Zero-tolerance laws for people who are under the age of 21
The enforcement of minimum legal drinking age
Nighttime driving limits and passenger restrictions
The use of strong graduated-driver licensing policies.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident that was not your fault, or you have a loved one who died in a car crash that was not their fault, you might seriously consider getting in touch with a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you receive the compensation that you deserve.