There’s always the risk of being involved in a serious car accident. Roughly 35,000 Americans pass away in car accidents every year. It is something that all drivers need to be aware of.
That being said, there is some evidence that where you drive can have an impact on the severity of the accidents you may get involved in and your odds of being involved in a fatal crash. If you spend more time on rural roads, you’re facing greater risks, because these roads have a higher fatality rate. Statistically speaking, it is safer to drive in urban areas.
Why is there a difference?
The accident rates are the key because there are more people – and more vehicles – in urban areas. This can sometimes lead to a greater total amount of accidents and a greater total number of fatalities. But the fatality rates are lower, making these roads technically safer.
There’s a difference in risk for a few different reasons. First of all, medical care is farther away for those who get injured on rural roads, decreasing the odds that they will quickly get the treatment they need. Additionally, speed limits are higher outside of urban areas, and car crashes at higher speeds are more likely to result in fatal injuries. Finally, drivers will sometimes put themselves at risk through dangerous driving practices, like not wearing a seatbelt or breaking the speed limit.
Have you lost a loved one in an accident caused by another driver? If so, be sure you know exactly what legal options you have at your disposal. You may deserve financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income and more.