Study Finds Cities Are Safer Than Rural Areas in Terms of Injury

A new study suggests that in terms of injury, urban areas are safer than rural ones. Researchers analyzed 1.3 million injury deaths in more than 3,000 counties nationwide from 1999 through 2006. The counties were ranked on a 10-point urban-rural scale that distinguished counties both by population density and by proximity to metropolitan areas. The study found that injury death rates increased steadily as counties became more rural, to 73.76 per 100,000 population in the most rural counties compared with 49.72 in the metropolitan areas. The most common causes of injury death were car accidents and gunshots, both of which increased as counties became more rural.  Deaths from car crashes were almost three times more common in rural areas than in cities. However, the risk for poisoning and fall-related injury deaths were lower in rural counties, and the risk for homicide was higher in cities. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us immediately. Read the article about the study here: NYTimes: In Terms of Injury, Cities Safer Than Country.

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