Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in Connecticut and across the United States. There exist locations at which car accidents occur at higher rates. Understanding these statistics can be helpful in enhancing a motorist’s safety when traveling through areas in which the incidence of accidents is higher.
Urban versus rural accident rates
Naturally, the number of people injured or killed in car accidents annually in Connecticut and throughout the country is larger in urban as opposed to rural areas as a result of population density. With that basic fact noted, there are differences in specific locations in urban and rural areas worth noting.
17% of all fatal car accidents occur on highways, freeways and interstates. The death rate on these types of roadways in urban areas is 19% while at 14% through rural areas.
16% of all fatal car accidents occur on local streets. 12% of urban fatal car wrecks happen on local streets. The rate is at 20% in rural locales.
Fatal car accidents and junction types
75% of all fatal car accidents in the United States do not occur at junctions. The remaining fatal wrecks do occur at these locations.
The urban-rural split finds that 67% of urban fatal automobile accidents occur at non-intersection locations while 84% of such deadly wrecks occur in this type of setting. 33% of fatal auto accidents in urban areas occur at intersections. The fatal accident rate at intersections in rural locales is at 16%.
If you’ve lost a family member in a fatal automobile accident, a consultation with a Connecticut car accident attorney might assist you in understanding your legal rights. There typically is no fee associated with an initial consultation with legal counsel.