Rural-Urban Differences in Risk Factors for Motor Vehicle Fatalities

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine rural-urban differences in motor vehicle fatality (MVF) risk factors. Methods: We used 2017 County Health Rankings data to run stratified regression models to estimate county-level correlates of motor vehicle fatalities (MVFs) by rural and urban location. Results: Rural counties have higher rates of MVFs than urban counties (22 vs. 14 per 100,000, p <0.001). Physical inactivity and uninsurance were associated with higher rates of MVFs, as was having a more racially or ethnically concentrated population and larger percentages of younger or older adults. Conclusion: Interventions to reduce MVFs should take geographic location and population composition into account.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHealth Equity
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • motor vehicle fatalities
  • rural
  • urban

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