Monday, May 20, 2013

Appalachian roads are most deadly in U.S.

Traffic deaths are more likely to occur on rural roads, and are rising. Now, a new study concludes that the fatality rate in Appalachia is 45 percent higher than in the rest of the country, according to a study by West Virginia University's School of Public Health, reports the State Journal in Charleston.

In Appalachia from 2008 to 2010 there were 15.8 traffic deaths for every 100,000 people, compared to 10.9 deaths per 100,000 in the rest of the country. Motao Zhu, the study's author, said that in Appalachia, "Traffic fatality rates were higher for passenger-vehicle drivers and passengers, motorcyclists and ATV riders, but lower for pedestrians and bicyclists." (Read more)

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