Wherever people drive, the risk of a fatal crash is present—even if it only involves one vehicle. However, some roads are especially hazardous and claim many lives, for a host of factors. Moreover, it is important to consider the differences between roads in urban, rural and suburban environments. While many people may think that suburban areas are generally safe, at least in terms of crime and other risks, roads in these communities can be particularly dangerous. In fact, a significant number of people have lost their lives due to traffic crashes in these areas.

According to data that was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suburban areas have a higher rate of fatal traffic accidents. This may come as a surprise to many people, especially those who think that these deaths are more likely on urban roads (where traffic can be highly congested and chaotic) or rural roads (where there may be less signage and other concerns). However, the way in which many suburban areas are laid out can be very hazardous, not to mention many people in these areas often rush to work or to bring their kids to school on a daily basis.

On top of the traffic-related dangers that are present in suburban areas, this information is also concerning because an increasing number of people are moving to suburban areas across the U.S. If you live in a suburban area, please be mindful of the risks you may face on the road. Moreover, you may need to think about your legal options if you are ever involved in a traffic wreck.