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New Hanover County ranks 2nd in likelihood of being in a crash

Three people on average die every day from a traffic crash in North Carolina, according to AAA Carolina's 20th annual ranking of the state's most dangerous counties for traffic. Three people on average die every day from a traffic crash in North Carolina, according to AAA Carolina's 20th annual ranking of the state's most dangerous counties for traffic.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Three people on average die every day from a traffic crash in North Carolina, according to AAA Carolina's 20th annual ranking of the state's most dangerous counties for traffic.

For all vehicles in North Carolina, the total number of crashes in 2013 was 220,524, up from 213,856 in 2012.

According to the report, New Hanover County was ranked second on the list for the best chance of being involved in a collision. Data shows New Hanover averages 293 crashes per 100 vehicle miles traveled.

Pitt County was ranked the most dangerous with an average of 318 crashes per 100 VMT.

For a crash in which someone was injured, New Hanover County ranks third.

While overall traffic deaths have been declining annually since 2010, the report ranks Bladen County fourth in regards to the odds of being in a fatal crash.

According to AAA Carolinas, North Carolina ranked third nationally for the most non-Interstate-rural road traffic deaths with 844 fatalities, according to 2012 federal data, the latest national statistics available.

"Rural counties usually have narrower roads with inadequate lighting, and fading or non-existent road markings," said David Parsons, CEO and president of AAA Carolinas. "Driving mistakes that may be recoverable on city roads can be deadly on rural roads."

According to the report, pedestrian deaths accounted for 17 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state, putting North Carolina in the top 10 most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians.

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