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The risk of rural auto accident injuries in Kentucky

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2020 | Firm News

The danger of auto accidents in Kentucky is often associated with city driving. Contrary to conventional wisdom, rural roads carry risks of their own. To be safe, it is wise to consider them. After an accident with injuries and fatalities, it becomes even more critical to understand factors that can cause rural accidents.

Rural driving differs from urban driving. There will likely be signs advising drivers to be aware of animals crossing the road, but few will expect it. Seeing an animal running in front of the vehicle or colliding with one can cause serious injuries and death. Drivers might function under the assumption that the rural roads are free from law enforcement, allowing them to drive faster and behave more recklessly than they otherwise would. Since rural roads frequently have two lanes, passing is unsafe. Their narrowness is also harder to navigate for those unaccustomed to it.

These roads tend to be darker because lights were not installed for extended stretches, if at all. When on rural roads with few other vehicles, people could decide not to wear seatbelts. This is especially true with truckers. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is never a good idea, but people might believe it is less problematic on rural roads. Finally, it can take longer to get medical attention when there is an accident because it could take longer for the accident to be discovered. Emergency crews might take significantly more time to arrive.

Regardless of where the accident happens, certain issues are universal. That includes medical expenses, lost time on the job and the need for long-term care. The investigation into the accident may be essential. Consulting with professionals with experience in auto accident injuries might be beneficial to receiving compensation through a legal filing.