Why Is Alabama’s Car Accident Death Rate So High? The Answer May Surprise You.
If you’re injured in a wreck in Mobile, then you’re probably not very far from a hospital where you can get some treatment. The same can’t be said, however, for people who are injured in more rural parts of the state.
In fact, the Alabama Department of Public Health attributes the state’s high traffic fatality rate to the fact that so much of Alabama is rural.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabamians are nearly two times as likely as the average American to die in a wreck.
With a traffic fatality rate of 13.7 per 100,000 people, Alabama has the seventh-highest auto accident death rate in the country.
Health officials say the high rate of deaths is in large part due to the fact that people in rural areas often have to wait for an ambulance to travel a long distance before medical treatment can be administered. If the accident caused a traumatic injury, then every second counts, but often people lose their lives because they didn’t receive treatment in time.
The Alabama Rural Health Association says there is a direct relationship between high mortality rates and how rural an area is. In fact, the car accident mortality rate in rural parts of the state is 56 percent higher than the rate in urban areas with more hospitals and trauma centers.