Rural roads claim 57% of highway deaths despite only 23% of people in the U.S. living in rural areas. The illusion of safety, drunkenness, lower seatbelt use, poorer road conditions and slower emergency care combine to increase rural highway fatalities.
84% of respondents feel “safe” on rural interstates
79% on rural 2-lane highways
69% on multi-lane freeways in urban areas