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Why drivers should be careful on rural roads

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2020 | Blog, Car Accidents

Driving on the backroads of Mississippi, motorists feel that they have a certain freedom to be carefree. This could not be further from the truth. What drivers should be doing is taking extra care because these roads are actually more dangerous than highways. Many motorists fail to appreciate and factor in these risks behind the wheel.

Rural roads may not seem dangerous because they lack the traffic that makes highways and city streets more perilous. However, the problem is the isolation. Even if drivers are traveling safely, they cannot control how other motorists drive on these roads. Their offenses can range from speeding to reckless driving to even driving drunk. The combination of a perception of solitude and few police in the vicinity causes drivers to take silly chances. Combined with the unpredictable terrain and turns of the road, and it can be a dangerous mix for drivers.

Rural roads also mean that nearby medical care may not be advanced if the hospital is even anywhere close to an accident scene. It will also take the paramedics longer to reach an injured accident victim. The moments right after an accident are the most critical, and victims may be left untended for some time. This increases the risk that someone may not survive a serious accident or that injuries can become even more major.

A motor vehicle accidents attorney could help their client who has been injured in an accident. An injured victim can file a claim for compensation and will receive payment for their injuries if the accident was not their fault. However, these claims often require some negotiation with the insurance company in order to reach a settlement agreement. If there is no offer or if the amount offered is low, the attorney may help their client file a lawsuit.


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