Accidents can happen anywhere. Drivers need to keep this fact in mind when they are out on the road. The lawyers of Will Ferguson & Associates have helped countless clients in and around Albuquerque who had their lives changed by crashes and collisions. Sometimes these accidents happened in places you wouldn’t expect.
Auto accidents on rural roads and remote highways can also pose a number of dangers that you may not have considered. While collisions on highways and city streets are serious, rural road accidents need to be taken just as seriously. In fact, they can be more dangerous given certain factors.
Potential for Serious Collisions
Many rural roads are two-lane highways. This means that vehicle travel at high speeds, and there is an increased chance of collisions occurring. If one vehicle tries to overtake another vehicle on a two-lane highway, this could mean a risk of a head-on collision. The injuries can be especially severe if large vehicles are involved, such as commercial trucks or tractors.
Greater Likelihood for Speeding and Reckless Behavior
Rural roads tend to get less attention from law enforcement than city streets and highways. Because of this, some motorists are more likely to speed or to drive recklessly. This puts many law-abiding drivers at risk of getting into a collision with a reckless driver.
Issues with Road Conditions
In addition to getting less attention from law enforcement, it’s possible for rural roads to be poorly maintained. There may be major pot holes, debris, or hazards on the roadways that make for difficult and even dangerous driving. Drivers should use caution on remote rural roads, keeping an eye out for dangers everywhere they go.
Problems Exacerbated by Bad Weather
Rain, snow, and ice on the road can lead to even greater dangers for motorists. There’s a risk of poor traction and hydroplaning during wet weather, and losing control of a vehicle if there is ice on the road.
Issues with Being Remote, Rural, and Isolated
Rural roads are often miles away from the nearest town, gas station, or store. Cell phone reception can also be spotty in certain areas, making it difficult to get in touch with emergency services or law enforcement. This can cause relatively minor accidents to become life-threatening ones.
Delays in Emergency Response
Related to the issue of remoteness, there’s the issue of response times from emergency services. It can take much longer for ambulances, firefighters, and police to get to you if you are in an accident on a rural road. A delay in medical attention could mean the difference between life and death.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident on a rural road, be sure to contact our team of experienced personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers here at Will Ferguson & Associates will fight by your side every step of the way.
- Texting while behind the wheel
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Checking makeup or hair while driving
- Driver distraction
- Drunk driving
- In a rush to be somewhere
- Stop sign obscured from view
- Stop sign is poorly positioned
- Missing stop sign
- Bad weather
Exercise Caution When You Are Driving
Whenever you are behind the wheel of your car, be sure to be attentive and exercise caution. Look both ways before proceeding through an intersection so you avoid others who may have the right of way as well as bicyclists and pedestrians who may be near you. If you are near a school or a park, be extra careful about pedestrians and children who may be nearby.
If you are in a rush to get somewhere, be sure to leave early if possible and to continue to drive safely. Planning ahead can mean the difference between harming others and keeping others safe.
Common sense driving skills and precautions such as these can keep you, any passengers, people in nearby vehicles, and others who share the road completely safe.
How Auto Accident Attorneys Can Help You
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in an intersection, our team can help you in your search for damages and justice. We will hold the negligent party accountable and make sure that they are held accountable for any injuries or hardships they have caused. This legal peace of mind is invaluable as you and your family attempt to move forward in life with dignity.
Contact Auto Accident Attorneys About Your Case
If you or someone you care about has been seriously harmed in an auto accident, be sure to contact our experienced personal injury and auto accident attorneys today. A lawyer will work with you and offer expert legal counsel throughout the litigation process.