Those of us who live in Chicago know what heavy traffic is like. Due to the sheer amount of car crashes we see while out on the road during our morning or evening commute, most of us would assume that crash risks are higher out on the city’s busy highways more than anywhere else. This is far from the case, though.
Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) shows that most fatal traffic accidents actually occur on rural roads as opposed to urban ones. Most happen within 25 short miles from a motorist’s home as well.
Illinois doesn’t rank among the top four states in the country for having the highest per capita car crash fatality rate. Those spots instead are occupied by Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia and Montana. The state does, however, rank as one of the top three midwestern states when it comes to traffic-related fatalies. Only Ohio and Michigan have more fatal car crashes on an annual basis.