Another cost of car dependency
A recent AAA study on the costs of car accidents lists the areas with the highest accident costs per capita. (See http://planetizen.com/node/30024 )
By an odd coincidence, the most accident-prone areas (Little Rock, Nashville, and three Florida cities) are all Southern regions with minimal public transit; by contrast, the least accident-prone area was the relatively transit-friendly Bay Area.
Coincidence? I think not. Driving is like a lottery; every time you drive, there is a risk that some idiot will total your car. The more times you drive, the more times you enter the lottery. So you live in a city where most people have to drive everywhere, your chances of being hit increase as the number of car trips increase.
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