When most people think of traveling in the city, they think of high volumes of traffic, honking horns, high-speed highways, traffic signals, and public transportation vehicles. In addition to the cars on urban roads, the streets are usually also filled with bustling pedestrians and bicyclists that may be more difficult to see. For this reason, it may be easy to assume that a larger amount of car accidents occur in the city that in rural areas. However, statistics collected and published  by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) surprisingly show that a greater number of traffic-related injuries and fatalities occur on rural roads.
Whether you have suffered injury or other losses in a rural or urban accident, Florida tort law  allows you to recover from any potentially negligent parties by filing a personal injury claim. Additionally, if you have lost a loved one in a traffic-related accident, you have the right to recover for your tragic loss by filing a claim under Florida’s wrongful death statute.
At the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA in Clearwater, our experienced auto accident lawyers have extensive experience helping auto accident victims and surviving loved ones receive just compensation from negligent parties. Please call us today at 727-451-6900 to discuss your case. We offer free consultations and will not collect a fee unless you prevail in your case, so do not hesitate to contact our office as soon as possible.
High incidence of rural traffic accidents
According to the data from the 2010 United States Census,  19 percent of people in the United States lived in areas that were classified as “rural.” Despite the rural population being the distinct minority, NHTSA reported that over 50 percent of all traffic fatalities occur in such rural areas. In 2012 alone, 18,170 people died in motor vehicle accidents that occurred on rural roads, as opposed to 15,296 reported traffic fatalities in urban locations. This shows that, contrary to popular belief, those driving in rural areas are at a greater risk for serious and life-threatening injuries in auto accidents than motorists in urban areas.
Common causes of rural accidents
The following are some of the most common causes of rural accidents and reasons why fatal accidents are more frequent in rural areas than in urban areas:
- Speeding – Posted speed limits are often higher on rural roads—usually 55 miles per hour or higher—even if the road is a two-lane highway. This can make curves and intersections dangerous. Additionally, rural roads tend to have a much lower rate of law enforcement presence. Therefore, drivers are more apt to speed than on urban roads where they may receive a ticket.
- Dangerous roads – Rural roads are often winding with many hills, making them inherently more dangerous than flat, straight, grid-like road systems. Additionally, rural roads have a greater chance of falling into disrepair due to less frequent maintenance, often causing dangerous potholes, cracks, and more. Finally, rural roads often do not have shoulder on which to pull off the main road, which can result in stopped vehicles in dangerous places.
- Alcohol use – Drinking and driving is often a bigger problem in rural areas for several reasons. First, there are generally no taxicabs, subways, or other forms of public transportation to use as an alternative for driving while impaired. Also, because of the often large distance between homes and towns, having a designated driver often does not seem convenient in rural areas. For this reason, drunk driving occurs frequently and can result in serious accidents.
- Not wearing a seat belt – Statistics show that fewer people wear seat belts or use other safety restraints while driving in rural areas than in cities. This generally leads to more serious injuries in the event of a collision.
You should always be especially careful when you are traveling on rural roads and, if you suffer injury, call our office today for assistance.
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