The most dangerous thing I do all day is take a left turn at this intersection:
And then drive down this undivided highway at about 50 mph while cars coming the other way are going around the same speed or a bit faster:
There are numerous 90 degree intersections and, given the terrain, more than one blind intersection:
You are two and a half times…that’s 250%, more likely to die on a rural road than on an urban road and car crashes are the most common cause of death in people under the age of 35 (only then does it get caught up by cancer and cardiovascular disease):
But auto accidents remain the leading cause of accidental death until the age of 80:
Living in a city I not only travel by car less often, when I do, the trips tend to be shorter and at lower speeds, all of which makes my life safer than a person who lives in a suburban or rural area who must make more trips of greater distance at higher speeds. It is for this reason that nationwide deaths per vehicle mile are greatest in regions which are more typologically suburban, more specifically those in the sunbelt which have grown most since World War II, and within all metro areas in the areas which have also experienced the most growth post WW II, i.e. the most suburban parts of those metropolitan areas.
So being here:
Whatever the increased risk, and it is minuscule, of being an innocent bystander or even the intended victim of urban crime, is safer than being here:
For you and your family.