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A new study on 50 American large cities shows that the death rate from motor vehicle crashes is lower than the US overall rate, 8.2 deaths compared to 11.1 deaths per 100,000 people.

Taking the 2009 data, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that although people in these 50 cities account for 54% of the US population, represented only 40% of the crash deaths in that respective year. The CDC researchers point out that the differences in crash death rates show the need to study more the factors that affect the risk of dying in a crash.

In the metro areas crash death rates were between 4.4 and 17.8 per 100,000 people, and 74% of these areas had rates lower than the overall national rate. The crash death rate for persons aged 15-24 was 10.9 per 100,000 and the overall national rate for persons of this age was 17.3 per 100,000.

“Previous research has shown that sprawl is more common in the southern United States, and that motor vehicle crash death rates are higher in sprawling metropolitan areas than in compact metropolitan areas,” Scott Kegler, of the CDC’s Office of Statistics and Programming wrote in the July 20th issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.