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Why rural roads pose a greater threat than urban ones

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

In comparing urban roads with rural ones, drivers in Kentucky may think that the rural roads are safer because they have less traffic. They would be mistaken as rural roads present several challenges of their own.

For example, these roads are notorious for having narrow lanes and shoulders. Passing a vehicle on such roads can be deadly. Head-on collisions and run-off road crashes are frequently linked to narrow lanes. In addition, drivers who are traveling at night will have to contend with the lack of street lights. Another third challenge is the presence of animals from nearby homes and wildlife in general. These can jump out unexpectedly, spooking drivers.

Perhaps the greatest safety threat of all comes from other drivers. Feeling that they have the road to themselves and are unlikely to be pulled over, drivers may become lax to the point where they are inattentive and straddling both lanes on a two-lane road. They may exceed the speed limit or even drink while driving and think that no one will get hurt. Many drivers, especially truck drivers, will neglect to wear their seat belt, too.

Another thing to consider is how rural areas are far from hospitals. This means if a crash does occur, victims may not receive medical care in a timely manner.

In this state, most crash victims can receive compensation from their own insurance company regardless of who was at fault. In cases involving severe injuries, though, one may be justified in filing a personal injury claim. Those who are wondering what their options are may consult an attorney who works in accident law. The attorney might hire crash investigators, medical experts and other third parties to build up the case if it’s valid. The attorney may also handle all settlement negotiations.