While many think of California as an urbanized state, it has its share of isolated, rural roads. Some drivers feel that they can take some liberties while traveling on these roads given the fact that fewer people are around, and there is perceived freedom. In actuality, these roads are more dangerous than city streets in many respects.
The isolation works to make these roads more of a challenge for drivers. When there is nobody around, drivers may exhibit riskier behavior. This leads to a greater chance of an accident, especially if drivers are unfamiliar with the terrain. Even if one is driving safely, there are others who may be reckless and can pose a risk to everyone on the road. The fact that police officers are not patrolling in the area can encourage dangerous driving. At night, these roads become even less safe since they are not well-lit.
The lack of immediate medical care also becomes an issue when there is an accident. If drivers are injured, paramedics will take longer to reach the scene, and transport to a hospital could be delayed due to the isolation. In many accidents, immediate medical care can make the difference between life and death in whether someone recovers from their injuries. As such, drivers should drive defensively, even when they think that they are alone on the road.
Accident injuries may merit financial compensation if the accident was the fault of another driver. A victim might retain a motor vehicle accident attorney to explore the possibility of filing a claim for compensation. If the attorney cannot settle the case with the insurance company, they may file a lawsuit in court on behalf of their client.