Mapping 10 Years of Fatal Traffic Accidents November 22, 2015 5:30pm by Barry Ritholtz Source: Metrocosm Spread the wealth. twitter facebook linkedin What's been said: Discussions found on the web: just-sayin commented on Nov 22 Nothing really earth-shattering to me here. Higher density population areas have more fatal accidents. I would expect to see a similar graphic for murders, gunshot deaths, STDs and anything else that people do to each other…. JMHO… trafficengineer commented on Nov 22 What matters for true comparison is the fatality rate. The rural states have higher a higher fatality rate, most likely due to lax seat belt laws. Every day there is news of people not wearing seat belts and being ejected from their pick-ups when they hit an unexpected curve or when involved in a crashes. In several of these rural states the cops cannot legally pull you over if you are not wearing a seat belt because they believe that is some sort of a personal freedom which needs to be protected. DeDude commented on Nov 23 Or maybe it is a cleanup of the gene pool. Rogue Medic commented on Nov 23 I would also prefer to see a map of fatality rates, but should we look at rates by total population, by driving population (non-drivers die in traffic collisions, too), by miles driven, or some other metric? Seat belts are important, but they are not the only factor. Rural populations will drive more on roads that are less safe – poorer lighting, with more disparities between traffic speeds (slow moving tractors or buggies sharing the road with cars and trucks travelling much faster, farther from ambulances and trauma centers, et cetera. . WallaWalla commented on Nov 23 People in rural areas also have longer commute distances, higher a avg trip speed, and lack of safer mass transit options. mappo commented on Nov 23 This XKCD comic is always the correct response to these maps: https://xkcd.com/1138/ Read this next.March 25, 2021 Is it a Bubble? GS EditionAugust 18, 2011 Europe againAugust 18, 2006 Sentiment Issues Posted Under Data Analysis Previous Post ISIS Hate Next Post Fed: Who Is Holding All the Excess Reserves?