Report: Fatalities high, crashes low

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 11:38 AM

Warren County has landed high on a statistical listing of the state’s most dangerous counties for collisions.

The analysis was released recently by the American Automobile Association Carolinas based on 2012 crash data.

AAA Carolinas placed Warren County second in counties with the best chance of being in a fatal crash. Rankings were based on fatal crashes per vehicle miles traveled. Warren County had nine fatal crashes in 2012, according to AAA Carolinas.

In its statement, AAA Carolinas noted Hoke, Warren, Gates, Robeson and Yancey counties accounted for 81 fatal crashes, 6.8 percent of the state total, but carried just 2.4 percent of the state’s vehicle miles traveled.

The analysis ranked counties with the best chance of being in a collision, best change of being in an injurious crash, and best chance of being in a fatal crash. AAA Carolinas also included rankings for each category specific to motorcycles and tractor-trailer rigs.

Warren County was seventh in dangerous counties for tractor-trailers, with Vance County 18th.

Vance was 10th in the top five dangerous counties, a category led by Pitt County for the fifth consecutive year. Pitt averages 306.7 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

The rest of the top five included New Hanover, Person, Watauga and Union.

In a prepared statement, AAA Carolinas president and CEO David Parsons said, “Consistently high rankings for being one of the most dangerous counties in the state should be a wake-up call for better traffic enforcement or road design.”

The rankings are entirely based upon statistical information and resulting ratios.

For example, while Warren County checks in second for chance of being in a fatal crash compared to other counties, it also checks in at No. 21 for best chance of not being in any collision. Granville County was No. 17 on that list.

The leader was Swain County, followed by Haywood, Currituck, Camden and Polk.

In the same category where Warren County ranks second for involvement in fatal crashes, Mecklenburg County ranks No. 95 — even though Mecklenburg had 69 fatal crashes, most in the state. Wake County had 61, second highest, and ranked No. 93.

The top five for being in an injurious crash were Graham, Pitt, New Hanover, Wayne and Gaston. Vance County was No. 22.

The top five for not being in an injurious crash were Currituck, Tyrrell, Polk, Swain and Haywood, with Granville No. 16 and Warren No. 19.

The top five dangerous counties for motorcycles were Graham, Transylvania, Macon, Madison and Swain. Vance was No. 39, Granville No. 93 and Warren No. 96.

The top five dangerous counties for tractor-trailers were Anson, Hertford, Washington, Bladen and Duplin.

 

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