A car accident can happen at any time or place, but there are certainly areas that carry more risks or hazards than others. In our experience here at Charpentier Law Firm, we see that many accidents take place on urban roads. These roads tend to be busy with traffic and have many traffic lights, which are a common area of collisions. Auto accidents often result in serious damages for those involved, so it is important to understand the potential hazards of an auto accident and what can be done if you are a victim of an auto accident on urban roads in Melbourne.
Hazards of Urban Roads
In many states, there are (statistically speaking) more accidents that take place on rural roads than there are on urban roads. This is mostly due to the fact that rural roads are usually poorly lit, may not be as well maintained, and tend to make people feel as though they have the road to themselves, thus resulting in hazardous driving decisions. Still, urban roads carry their own hazards, which can be just as dangerous for drivers. Below are some of the hazards of urban roads that may increase the risk of an auto accident:
- Heavy traffic/high number of vehicles on the road
- Likelihood of stop and go traffic
- Many intersections (one of the most frequent locations of auto accidents)
- Pot holes or other poor road conditions
- The presence of bus lanes, reversible lanes, and one-way streets
Because of these hazards and the large volume of vehicles that tend to be traveling on an urban road at any given time, the risk of an accident on an urban road is high.
Damages of Urban Road Collisions
In most cases of accidents that take place on an urban road, the speed of traffic at the time of the collision is fairly low. It is highly unlikely that a high-speed accident will take place on an urban road. The most frequent type of accident to take place on an urban road is a rear-end collision. While these accidents may seem minor, there are serious damages that can occur as a result of these types of accidents. Aside from vehicular damage, auto accidents on urban roads may result in personal injury such as whiplash, a head injury, and/or a neck and shoulder injury. All of these damages should be considered when seeking compensation for an auto accident that was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver. Our attorneys understand the hazards of an auto accident that takes place on an urban road and can help determine fault in these accidents so that appropriate financial compensation can be awarded.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident at the fault of another, and have suffered a personal injury as a result of this accident, the attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm can help you get the just compensation you deserve. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal rights. We look forward to hearing from you.