When you look at the sheer traffic volume, it feels like the city should be far more dangerous than rural roads. You have massively more traffic, on smaller streets, and you have a lot of pedestrians, cyclists and joggers to contend with. Why, then, do the statistics show that a majority of the fatal car accidents in the United States happen in rural areas?
There are a few reasons, and the top one is speed. City traffic levels may be far higher overall, but a lot of those cars drive between 15 and 45 miles per hour. You have numerous crashes that result in injuries but not fatalities just because the cars are moving slowly. Rural crashes at 60 or 70 mph are less common but vastly more likely to lead to death.
Another reason is the proximity to the hospital. A person who gets into an accident on a rural road may not even see first responders for 10 minutes. It could take more than half an hour to get them to the hospital. In the city, a police car may be on the scene in a minute, and the person could be getting treatment five minutes later. Since fast response times make a big difference with traumatic injuries, being a few blocks from the hospital — rather than a few miles — can make a huge difference.
If you get injured in a car accident on a rural road or a city street, or if you lose a loved one, make sure you look into all of your legal options.