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Are rural or city roads more dangerous?

Perhaps you've seen the statistics indicating that rural roads results in more deadly accidents than urban roads, even though far more drivers are in urban areas and many more miles are driven there every year.

This seems counter-intuitive. Wouldn't there be more deadly crashes on packed roads where more total accidents happen? There are numerous reasons why rural roads are actually more dangerous. A few include:

1. No street lights.

It's truly dark at night. This can massively limit one's ability to see potential hazards and may be disorienting to drivers who are used to street lights.

2. Drivers may be too relaxed.

It's easy to stop paying attention when you're driving in a straight line, on a relatively empty road, for miles and miles. If you do, though, that could reduce reaction times and cause an accident that could have been avoided.

3. Drinking and driving.

While a drunk driver could just as easily be in the city, some people are more likely to drink and drive in the country because they think the odds of being caught by police are lower.

4. Head-on accidents.

Many city streets are one-way roads or it is illegal to pass on two-way streets. Conversely, many country roads allow passing, even though the roads are more narrow. This increases the odds that two cars will wind up in the same lane going opposite directions, and it therefore increases head-on collision statistics. These are some of the most dangerous accidents to be involved in.

No matter where you are driving when another driver causes an accident that injures you or takes a love one's life, you must know if you have a legal right to financial compensation.

Source: BLine Traffic Schools, "Why are Rural Roads More Dangerous?," accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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