Rural Driving (continued)
According to the
University of Minnesota,
- Three-quarters of the public
roadway mileage in the United States—more than
3 million miles of roads—is considered rural.
- One-fifth of
U.S. population lives in rural areas, yet two-fifths
of the vehicle miles traveled and three-fifths of the
42,000 fatal crashes each year occur on rural roads.
- Crash victims
are five to seven times more likely to die if arrival
to a hospital exceeds 30 minutes. The time between a
crash and arrival at a hospital averages 34 minutes
in urban areas and 52 minutes in rural areas.