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Top 5 dangerous driving counties announced

New statistics about car accidents in North Carolina were released early this month, and Pitt County has the dubious honor of topping the list of dangerous driving locales in the state for the fifth year running. Authorities report drivers in that region suffer more personal injury than those in any other area, with a crash rate that is a full 50 percent higher than the rest of the state. Pitt County drivers suffer 306.7 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to the report issued by AAA Carolinas.

Furthermore, three other counties retain their spots at the top of the list, with New Hanover, Person and Watauga all ranking high this year. Union County, a region that did not even appear on the list last year, is now in the number five slot. All of the counties listed average more than 250 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles.

Included in this study's analysis were fatal accidents, injurious crashes, motorcycle wrecks and collisions involving tractor-trailer rigs. The AAA Carolinas data analysis is a valuable tool for both experts and drivers, who can learn more about the nature of the driving problems in their particular area. Law enforcement officers can also benefit from these statistics because it allows them to target their efforts toward specific offenders.

The study emphasizes the importance of rural road safety, with many less-populated counties carrying a heavy accident burden. In fact, 2012 data shows that three rural counties accounted for 6.8 percent of the state's total fatal crashes while only housing about 2 percent of the population.

If you have been injured in a rural or urban car accident that was not your fault, you have a variety of civil options. A qualified personal injury attorney can help fight to get the money you need and deserve, providing you with funds for quick medical recovery. You do not have to fight against the at-fault driver alone. Consider speaking with a qualified personal injury attorney to find out more about your legal rights today.

www.reflector.com, "Pitt County leads state in collisions" No author given, Aug. 08, 2013

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