Auto accidents resulting in personal injury and fatalities are unfortunately common on the roadways in New Jersey and throughout the country. Most accidents are associated with well-traveled roads like highways. However, rural roads can also be dangerous. The risks on these roads differ from the potential dangers on urban roads.
When driving on rural roads, it is important for drivers to know what to look for to remain safe. Since these roads are often narrower, drivers who try to pass other vehicles could potentially crash. Also, there is a tendency to drive faster and more recklessly because there are fewer vehicles to contend with. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the catalyst for many accidents; drivers might believe it is not as risky to drive under the influence on rural roads due to less law enforcement.
On rural roads where there is forestry and wooded areas, animals may be prevalent. Colliding with an animal as it crosses the road or swerving to avoid one may lead to a collision. Rural roads also tend to have fewer traffic lights, making it difficult to see. Finally, a key to surviving an auto accident is receiving medical assistance as soon as possible. Rural roads may be harder to reach. Those in an accident could wait an extended period for assistance, and this can factor into their survival and recovery.
When there is an auto accident, many issues will come to the forefront such as medical costs from necessary care, lost income from being unable to work, and the personal and financial issues that a family will face after a fatal accident. The accident should be fully investigated whether it occurred on a rural road or an urban road. Having legal advice on how to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim may be helpful.