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Simple reason more people die in rural car crashes

Less cars on the roads, but more fatal crashes recorded

crash test dummy no seat-belt

You’d think that more cars equal more fatal crashes and thus city driving theoretically would be more dangerous than in the regions.

But that isn’t the case and something really simple is contributing to a significantly higher rate of fatal car crashes, particularly in the U.S.

It’s simply people not wearing their seat-belt.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System has just been released and shows fatality rates on America’s rural roads are up to 10 times higher than urban areas.

Contributing to that was a 61.3% occurrence of passengers and drivers in rural areas not wearing seat-belts when the fatal crash occurred.

That compared with fatal crashes in urban areas were 44.4% of victims weren’t buckled up.

“We know seat-belts save lives,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D.

“These findings remind us that no matter what kind of road you are traveling on, it is important for everyone to buckle up every time on every trip.”

The data comes after it was recently found that 30% of adults regularly avoid using a seat-belt when traveling in the back seat of cars in the U.S.

In Australia, we also generally see a greater percentage of road deaths in regional and rural areas.

While Crash data from South Australia shows a very similar percentage of fatal crashes involving occupants not wearing a seat-belt as what was found in the U.S. data.

Local crash data also consistently shows single vehicle crashes are the most common type of crash outside of metropolitan/urban areas in Australia.

Related: Care tips for your cars seat-belts

Do you buckle up on every trip? If not, why not? Let us know your thoughts on the data and on seatbelts in the comments section below.

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About Joel Helmes 3779 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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