While there may be fewer cars and people on rural roads, there are still a variety of hazards that drivers may encounter. For instance, a person driving on a road in a sparsely populated town in California may encounter wild animals that are trying to get back to their den or nest. It also isn’t uncommon for roads in rural parts of the country to lack artificial lights, which means that a person will likely be navigating in extremely dark conditions at night.
Those who drive on rural highways may be more prone to doing so while drunk or under the influence of controlled substances. They may also be more prone to driving without wearing a safety belt or driving faster than the posted speed limit. Individuals may also be distracted by their phones or simply get lost in their thoughts as they drive down country roads by themselves.
These actions can all increase a person’s likelihood of getting into an accident regardless of how much traffic he or she has to contend with. Roads in smaller communities may be more narrow than those built in larger towns or cities. This means that it may be harder to pass other vehicles on those roads, and it may also be harder to avoid head-on collisions when the roads aren’t as wide.
Drivers, passengers and pedestrians who are hurt in motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. This is generally true if the person who caused the crash was negligent in doing so, and typically, driving while distracted or impaired is a violation of a driver’s duty of care toward others. A personal injury attorney may be able to help an accident victim prove that he or she was hurt by a negligent driver.