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Auto Accidents on Rural Roads Can Be Life-Changing and Deadly

By Steve Charpentier on April 15, 2015

The aftermath of a serious auto accidentAt the Charpentier Law Firm, injury victims from Melbourne and throughout Central Florida can count on our attorneys for expert legal advice. Lawyers are crucial after serious auto accidents, and we will fight to ensure that you receive just compensation following serious collisions.

We previously discussed the dangers of highway driving and increased risk for auto accidents on this blog. Right now, we want to turn our attention to the dangers of rural roads and why accidents in such places can be deadly.

Rural Roads Pose a Number of Serious Dangers

While some might expect rural roads to be safe and scenic, they are actually quite dangerous given some key characteristics of the drivers on these kinds of roads and the roads themselves. Always exercise caution when driving, and keep the following in mind if you are on a rural road.

Speeding and Reckless Behaviors More Likely on Empty Roads

When there is a lower likelihood of law enforcement being present, some motorists will use this opportunity to drive at higher speeds and drive recklessly. Sometimes people will drive significantly over the speed limit, which is a major hazard to everyone on the road. Another potential reckless behavior is drinking and driving, or the use of illegal drugs while driving.

All of these actions make single-vehicle and multiple-vehicle collisions more likely.

Overtaking Vehicles on Two-Lane Roads Can Be Lethal

Rural roads are often two-lane, meaning that traffic flows in opposite directions on just two lanes of traffic. When someone is driving slower and is ahead of a motorist in the same lane, it is not uncommon for people to try to overtake the slower vehicles by temporarily driving in the lane where traffic would be traveling in the opposite direction.

There is the chance of a deadly head-on collision occurring if a person tries to overtake a slower vehicle when there is a car traveling in the opposite direction in the next lane over.

Debris on Rural Roads More Likely and Quite Dangerous

Debris can wind up on rural roads and remain there for a long time since there are fewer crews out to keep the roadways clear. This means tree limbs and other vegetation, fallen cargo from large trucks or moving vans, roadkill and animal carcasses, tires or tire treads, and debris from previous motor vehicle collisions. Be sure to drive carefully and to avoid this debris on the road whenever possible.

Poor Weather and Road Conditions Lead to Numerous Hazards

Bad weather and a badly maintained road can mean bad news for motorists. Rural roads may be poorly lit, and there could be flooding or other serious issues that make these roads difficult to travel on.

When possible, try to avoid traveling on rural roads with which you are unfamiliar, especially during nighttime hours.

It Can Take Emergency Crews Extra Time to Reach You on a Rural Road

One of the most significant hazards of rural roads is that it can take extra time for emergency response crews to reach you following an accident. Not getting necessary medical attention or help as soon as possible can mean the difference between life and death.

Contact Our Attorneys About Your Auto Accident Case

For more information about your legal rights following a serious motor vehicle collision, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The legal team here at Charpentier Law Firm will discuss your case in full detail and help you receive just compensation for injuries and any losses sustained.

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