Interesting to note New Hampshire is here, as it is the only US state with no seatbelt law for adults and thus the lowest rate of seatbelt usage.
Maybe it's.. weather, lighting/lane marking? alcohol?, fatigue/boredom?, road hazards? Like deer/livestock? Or types of vehicles, like more trucks.
Google suggests it's speed. Just physics; fast speed = more energy. And speeding is a factor in 27% of rural deaths.
43% of the drunk fatalities were on rural roads.
46% of distracted fatalities were on rural roads.
Or maybe people get drunk and drive in the middle of the night for fun? ...only 58% of crashes record BAC. "Rhode Island highest estimated percentage of fatally injured drivers with BACs of 0.08 percent or higher (50 percent), Utah lowest (18 percent)". That seems nuts, that 50% of fatal crashes were caused by drunk drivers.
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