If you live in Ohio, there are many rural roads you can take instead of the major roadways. Many people like these roads more because they are more scenic and less congested. This does not mean, however, that they are safer. A new study found that rural roads have a higher incidence of traffic deaths than major roadways.
How much more dangerous?
Accident victims are 62% more likely to die in vehicle collisions on rural roads than on major roads. Why the dramatic increase in risk? Studies show that there are more road hazards that can lead to more severe accidents on these roads. Additionally, emergency services response times are increased when trying to reach a rural area.
It has also been shown that some people choose to drive on rural roads because of their dangerous driving habits. Drivers are more likely to drive on rural roads without seatbelts, at excessive speeds, after drinking and while distracted because they believe there is less chance of being stopped by the police. It’s these risky behaviors that lead to deadly outcomes when accidents occur.
Seek compensation for personal injuries
Careless and dangerous driving on rural roads does more than increase the chance of dying in a car accident; it also contributes to high rates of non-fatal injuries to passengers and pedestrians.
It’s often not the road conditions or the weather that’s at fault. Drivers who are not used to ice and snow often drive too fast, not realizing the dangers. Rain, loose gravel and sharp turns can quickly put a distracted or speeding driver in the opposite lane, in the ditch or in someone’s front yard.
If you, a family member or friend is injured by a careless driver in rural Ohio, learn about your legal options for compensation.