According to a new US study, there is more risk to those that live in the country than to those that live in the city. In fact, the risk of dying from injury or accident in the country is 20 percent higher to those living in the country than to those living in the city.
We’re led to believe that the country is a safe way of life. The type of place where nobody has to lock their doors or worry about their kids; where there is nothing but country for miles around, and everyone knows everyone. This is the place of dreams, and unfortunately, it may be less of a reality than anyone realizes because living in the country may not be as safe as previously thought.
Even though there are far more homicides in cities than in rural communities, the overall risk of dying from some kind of injury or accident is higher in rural US counties than some of the biggest cities in the nation.
The new findings may cause the most cautious of city dwellers to pause before they choose to move to the country. According to Dr. Sage Myers, University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pediatric emergency medicine specialist, and author of the recent study which was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, moving further away from big cities makes people more and more likely to suffer from accidents.
Dr. Myers says that when people tend to think of personal safety, then more often than not think first about injuries that are intentionally inflicted, like attacks or shootings. Researchers found that the fatality risk from accidental injuries in the most rural counties of the country was as much as 40 percent higher than in the biggest cities.
One possible reason for fatalities due to accidents might be less access to emergency rooms that are staffed by doctors that are specially trained to deal with injuries that are life threatening. Accidents such as car crashes tended to occur more than twice as often in rural areas than in cities. It is likely that more car crashes occur because people tend to drive faster on highways, and are less likely to adhere to the seatbelt and child restraint laws than their city dwelling counterparts.
All in all, while the homicide rate is lower in the country than in the city, accidental deaths and injuries are higher, and the researchers believe that the statistics should be taken into consideration when planning where to put new trauma centers that are equipped to handle life threatening injuries.