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Rural Counties in North Carolina “Killing Grounds” for Automobile Accidents, AAA Says

 AAA Carolinas released its annual report of the most dangerous roads in North Carolina, and it found that rural counties had the most fatal crashes, calling those places "killing grounds" for automobile accidents.

Helicopter Car Accident_06082014The annual report is based on a comparison of miles driven and the number of deadly North Carolina car accidents that occur. The report also provides results for the types of vehicles driven, including motorcycles and tractor trailers.

Clay County was determined to be the most dangerous for fatal crashes. Rounding out the top five were Graham, Hyde, Robeson and Hertford counties.

Those five counties accounted for 5.4 percent of the state's total fatal crashes, yet only accounted for 2 percent of the miles driven in the state.

Drivers in Graham County were determined to have the highest risk of being in an injurious crash. Rounding out the top five were New Hanover, Pitt, Wayne and Cumberland counties.

"Rural counties have roads that are generally narrower, with more curves, lower shoulders, faded or nonexistent road markings and less police presence than major highways," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. "These roads are notorious for single-vehicle accidents involving speeding, drinking and younger drivers."

Officials with the N.C. Highway Patrol said they were trying to increase patrols in areas known to be problematic and were working with the N.C. Department of Transportation to improve roads and lower speed limits in those areas.

This is the third straight year that rural counties have topped the list for having the most dangerous roads. However, the news was not all bad for rural counties: Some also topped the list for safest counties.

Swain County was determined to be the safest for total number of crashes and number of injurious crashes, and Yancey County was considered safest for fatal crashes.

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Texting and Other Distracted Driving May be Possible Factor in Increase in Traffic Fatalities, Data Shows

Last month, it was reported that the number of traffic fatalities had increased 13.5 percent in the first three months of the year over the first three months of last year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA) both suggested that warmer-than average winter weather may have contributed to more people driving, increasing the number of accidents.

However, data from the NHTSA during the same time period also showed that distracted driving became more of a factor in accidents during that time, and a new study from Ohio State University reported on the dangers of texting while driving.

In the last several years, the number of accidents caused by distracted driving has risen significantly. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving rose from being a factor in only 10 percent of crashes in 2005 to 18 percent in 2010.

Some officials believe that distracted driving and texting may be a bigger factor in the rise in traffic fatalities than the warmer weather encouraging more people to be on the roads. Preliminary data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) showed that there was only a 1.4 percent increase in miles traveled for the first three months of 2012.

Distracted Driving_07222014Research shows that not only are more people getting in wrecks as a result of distracted driving, but that many people are overconfident in their abilities to multitask while driving, perhaps contributing to the increase in accidents.

"What is surprising is that our results also suggest that people may perceive that texting is not more dangerous - they may think they can do a good job at two visual tasks at one time," said Zheng Wang, a lead author of the study at Ohio State University.

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Driving Fatalities Up 13.5 Percent in First Quarter of 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that an estimated 7,630 people died in automobile accidents in the first three months of this year - a 13.5 percent increase over the same time period last year.

EggCars_06092014There were 6,720 fatalities in the same period in 2011, and traffic fatalities had been on the decline in previous years.

If the estimates are confirmed, the numbers would represent the second largest year-to-year quarterly increase in automobile fatalities since 1975, when the government began tracking these statistics.

Officials do not have any concrete reasons for the increase in traffic fatalities this year.

Typically, the fatality rate is much lower in the first quarter compared with the rest of the year. Cold winter months keep more people inside and off the roads.

This year, the winter months were unseasonably warm. Since more people tend to drive when the weather is better, some analysts believe that this year's higher than normal temperatures may have contributed to the higher crash fatality rate.

Data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that there was an increase of 9.7 billion miles traveled in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 2011.

Whatever the reason for the additional fatalities this year, Jacob Nelson, the director of traffic safety advocacy and research with the Automobile Association of America, says that one thing is clear: "These data show there is more work to be done to improve driver safety such as limiting distractions, reducing impaired driving and promoting a culture of safety among motorists."

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Goldsboro, NC 27530
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Henderson, NC 27536
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709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
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Rocky Mount, NC 27804
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703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
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Wilson, North Carolina 27896
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301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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