The common perception of rural roads is that they are safer. The main reason for this is that there is less traffic, so you spend more time driving by yourself, and it feels less chaotic.
While lower traffic levels can help to some degree, the truth is that rural roads are statistically more dangerous than city streets. You need to understand that you’re facing an increased risk when you drive on these roads, and it may help to know why this is.
These roads are more remote
One of the biggest reasons is just that these roads tend to be remote, meaning that it takes longer for medical professionals to respond if there is an accident. You may not have cellphone reception, slowing down that response even more. It’s not just the crash itself that is dangerous, but the fact that you can’t get to a hospital quickly.
Speed limits are higher
The higher speed limits on these roads often have to do with the fact that they tend to go straight, they’re wider, and there’s less traffic. That all makes sense, but it also means that accidents tend to be more traumatic for those involved. No matter why you crash, your odds of getting injured are much higher at 60 miles an hour than they would be at 30 miles an hour.
Have you been injured because of someone else’s mistake?
You can’t necessarily avoid these roads, and you could be injured by another driver who makes a mistake. If this happens and you’re facing high medical bills and other costs, make sure you know how to seek compensation.