ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County is the third-worst county in North Carolina for tractor-trailer crashes that result in injuries, state traffic data shows.
A report from the AAA Carolinas auto club released last week shows neighboring Anson County leading the state in counties where big-rig wrecks are most likely to occur and in crashes that cause injuries. The report is based on AAA’s analysis from 2013 N.C. Department of Transportation crash statistics.
Richmond ranks below Anson and Northampton counties in serious tractor-trailer crashes — the third-highest number of wrecks among North Carolina’s 100 counties.
The southern Sandhills region took three of the five rankings for tractor-trailer wrecks with injuries. Anson is No. 1, Richmond is No. 3 and Scotland is No. 4.
State figures charted a reduction in traffic deaths in 2013, according to AAA Carolinas, and there was also less traffic on the road. Despite the decrease in fatalities, an average of three people die each day in a traffic crash.
“It’s great to see a decrease in road deaths, but it’s still a concern when you consider that more than three people still die every day on North Carolina roads,” David Parsons, CEO and president of AAA Carolinas, said in a statement.
Traffic deaths have been on the decline in North Carolina since 2010, due in part to safer cars, fewer miles driven and amped-up law enforcement, according to AAA.
Graham County topped the list of most dangerous counties for total traffic fatalities, with 180 crashes resulting in four deaths in 2013. Alleghany, Alexander, Bladen and Vance counties rounded out the top five.
Rural counties run the gamut from among the most dangerous to some of the statistically safest. The report shows Polk, Haywood, Camden, Jackson and Swain counties as those where drivers of all vehicles have the best chance of not being in a collision.
The counties where drivers have the best chance of not being in a fatal crash are Pasquotank, Warren, Washington, Chowan and Tyrell.