Why Is Alabama’s Car Accident Death Rate So High? The Answer May Surprise You.

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.

 

Serious car accidents

change people’s lives forever, and accident victims and their families deserve compensation.

The personal injury lawyers of Clay, Massey & Associates understand the immense impact a car accident can have on real people’s lives. We represent accident victims in Mobile and the surrounding smaller towns such as Bay Minette, Creola, Satsuma and Saraland. In our more than 40 years of legal practice, we have handled thousands of cases and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.

This much-needed compensation can help cover a range of costs, including medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. One thing to understand about personal injury cases is that going to trial may be necessary to recover the maximum in compensation. In other words, the amount offered by the insurance company may not be enough to cover the full cost of the injury.

The attorneys of Clay, Massey & Associates are prepared to take these cases to trial.

To learn more about how we investigate car accidents — and how victims can recover compensation — please see our car accident overview.

2017-03-26T03:39:35-05:00August 23rd, 2016|Car Accidents, Personal Injury Law, Wrongful Death|