Most people think about automobile crashes occurring on highways or interstates, but you’re more likely to be involved in a wreck in a rural area than you are in a city. This might seem backward, but people tend to shirk some common safety measures when they aren’t driving around many other vehicles.
Looking at the contributing factors for crashes in each area provides valuable insight into how drivers can remain safer.
Common causes of city crashes
In the city, some of the more common causes of crashes include the high volume of vehicles on the roads and drivers tailgating the vehicle in front of them. Speeding and running red lights are also common crash factors, especially if the driver is distracted. Improper lane changes are also major causes of wrecks in the city because drivers may not signal properly or might try to switch lanes in too small of a clearance.
Common causes of rural crashes
One of the most common causes of rural crashes is speeding. Drivers tend to think that they don’t have to follow the speed limit if there aren’t a lot of other vehicles on the road. Rural roads are more likely to have safety hazards, such as potholes. Those hazards contribute to the number of crashes on those roads.
Whether you’re driving in the city or in a rural area, you should ensure that your attention is on the road. Distractions, impairment and fatigue make driving much more unsafe in any area. Following the rules of the road can also help you to remain safe. If you notice other drivers doing unsafe things, try to stay away from them to reduce the chance of being struck by them.
Victims should ensure they get the medical care they need regardless of where a crash occurs. Virginia law allows victims to seek compensation for the damages they’re facing. Time limits apply, so you can’t waste time. You should be able to focus on healing after the wreck, so be sure you work with someone familiar with these matters.