NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – For the third year in a row, New Hanover County is among the most dangerous places to drive in North Carolina, according to an analysis by AAA Carolinas based on 2012 crash data from the NC Department of Transportation.
According to the report posted on the AAA website, New Hanover County averages 286.8 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, which is the third highest rate in the state.
The rankings are based on the likelihood of a certain type of crash based on vehicle miles traveled. Experts look at crashes based on fatalities, injuries, motorcycles, tractor-trailers, and the total number.
"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," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas in a news release.
While New Hanover County is in the ranking for the most dangerous in the state, Bladen County is among the counties listed as most dangerous for tractor-trailer collisions.
According to AAA Carolinas, US 74 between Charlotte and Wilmington has topped the list for these types of accidents three years in a row.
The report says tractor-trailer crashes were up overall and account for 6 percent of all fatal crashes.
According to the AAA report, you have the best chance of avoiding a collision while traveling through Swain County.
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