Urban Roads May Not Be Dangerous Country Roads

June 16, 2020

By Grossman Green PLLC

Kentucky drivers who have to deal with heavy traffic and reckless drivers in the city may be forgiven for thinking that rural roads are somehow safer. The truth, though, is that rural roads come with their own share of problems, especially for those drivers who know little about them.

For instance, rural roads are usually two lanes, and the lanes and shoulders both tend to be narrow. This makes passing a vehicle difficult and raises the risk for head-on collisions. Drivers who try too hard to stay away from the other lane may wind up running off the road.

Rural roads can see their fair share of wildlife, too, as well as animals from those homes that are closely situated to the road. In addition, there are visibility issues at night due to the lack of street lights.

Perhaps the worst threat of all comes from reckless drivers. The chances of being caught by the police can be slim in the countryside, so drivers may feel justified in speeding, traveling down both lanes of a two-lane road and even driving under the influence. Those who crash in rural areas should know that their remote location can prevent them from getting timely medical attention, increasing their chances of a fatal accident.

Those who incur car accident injuries may have all their losses covered by their own insurance company. If not, they may be able to file a third-party insurance claim, but it may be advisable to see a lawyer about this. The lawyer might bring in third parties to investigate the crash and gather evidence against the defendant, which could range from the police report to physical proof from the crash site. The lawyer may be able to negotiate for a settlement that covers victims’ medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.