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Auto Accidents: Rural Roads vs. City Streets


A woman on her phone after a car accidentThe legal team at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley have helped countless injury victims based in the greater Sacramento. When it comes to legal representation for serious and fatal auto accidents in Northern California, you can count on our team.

California is a geographically diverse state, with major cities as well as long stretches of sparsely populated farmland. Some people wonder if city streets are more dangerous than less traveled rural roads. Let's look into this issue in more detail right now.

The Dangers of City Streets

The hustle and bustle of a city street presents a number of dangers for motorists. The presence of other vehicles on the road means a greater likelihood of serious collisions and mishaps. Pedestrians and bicyclists can also making driving more dangerous and trickier, and it's important to remain alert and attentive while you are behind the wheel so you do not harm these more vulnerable individuals with whom you share the road.

The Dangers of Rural Roads

Rural roads, while less traveled on, present their own hazards. Many times roads may be poorly maintained or more dangerous in some fashion, which makes hazards more likely. In more isolated areas, it can take emergency medical crews additional time to arrive, meaning that crucial medical attention may not arrive in a timely fashion. In addition to all of this, people tend to drive faster and more recklessly on rural or isolated roads than they would on city streets

Is one type of road really more dangerous than the other?

While it would seem like city streets are generally more dangerous due to all of the hazards out there on the road, statistics each year note that more fatalities tend to occur out in rural areas than city streets.

In a 2009 story from NPR, Howard Berkes noted that roughly 56 percent of the traffic fatalities in the United States occurred on rural roads in the year 2008. Despite the lower population, this is a significant finding. More recent numbers from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that almost 4,000 more fatalities occurred on rural roads than city streets in the year 2012.

Protect Yourself and Loves Ones Behind the Wheel

When driving in the city or on rural roads, it's of the utmost importance that you abide by all traffic signs and follow all rules of the road. Do not take any unnecessary risks and be sure to drive carefully and conservatively.

If you are traveling in inclement weather, be sure to plan ahead and to drive extra carefully. For long trips through isolated roads, be sure pack emergency supplies if needed and to bring a map. Fully charging your cellphone is also crucial in case of emergencies while on the road.

How Our Legal Team Can Help You

If you or a loved one is seriously injured during an auto accident that was the result of another person's negligence, it's of the utmost importance that you speak with our legal team. Our attorneys will work closely with you to ensure that you receive just compensation for injuries sustained and any damage to your vehicle and property within your vehicle. We will be here for you in your time of legal need.

Schedule a Consultation at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley

For more information about your legal options after a serious auto accident, it's important that you contact the attorneys of our personal injury law firm today. At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, our lawyers will work closely with you to ensure that you receive just compensation following serious injuries.

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