Are Rural Roads More Dangerous than Highways?

Jun 18, 2018 Car Accidents    Legal Blog

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Fewer cars, rolling hills, and beautiful scenery make driving on Ohio’s rural roads breathtaking. However, these areas are often full of hazards that are not seen on highways, making them more dangerous than one would think.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced Ohio car accident lawyer as soon as possible. To speak with a skilled attorney during a free consultation, contact our team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW today.

Less Traffic, More Hazards

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 70 percent of Ohio’s crash fatalities happen in rural areas. In fact, there are more drunk driving, motorcycle, and commercial-involved fatal crashes on these backroads than on urban roads.

Some reasons that there are more accidents in Ohio’s rural areas include:

  • Limited or poor lighting
  • Blind spots and sharp curves
  • Obstructed views due to foliage and crops
  • Slow-moving vehicles such as tractors
  • Wildlife, especially deer at dawn and dusk
  • Limited shoulder space and deep ditches on both sides of the road

Additionally, the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety states roads in remote areas are not always designed for fast and efficient travel. Therefore, if the rural road you are driving on is under-maintained, there is a greater likelihood that a crash fatality will occur.

Ways to Stay Safe While Traveling on Rural Roads

There are many steps you can take to protect yourself and your passengers from being seriously injured while driving in rural areas.

It is vital to always:

  • Wear your seatbelt and insist your passengers do as well.
  • Slow down.
  • Pay close attention to the road even if it is familiar to you.
  • Pass only when it’s safe, not just when it’s legal.

Injured While Driving on a Rural Road? Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick

Unfortunately, even the most cautious drivers can suffer in a serious accident as the result of another’s negligence. If you have sustained a car crash, you need a skilled Ohio car accident lawyer to help you maneuver through the insurance claims and legal process to help you receive the maximum compensation.

Contact our skilled attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick today at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation. We can help you during this challenging time.

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