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Rural Drivers Face the Risk of Higher Fatalities in Auto Accidents

According to the data of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), more fatal accidents take place in rural areas of the country. Statistics show that more than half of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the USA occur on rural roads; only 19% of individuals in the USA reside in rural areas. In 2012, 21,394 drivers were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Among them, 65% were rural drivers and 48% were urban drivers.

There are a number of factors that contribute to crashes on rural roads.

Factors That Contribute to Crashes on Rural Roads

  • Dangerous Roads: Roads in rural areas are more dangerous than urban roads. Rural roads are often designed with many hills and curves and it may obstruct the vision of the driver. Rural roads are less maintained and may contain many potholes and other hazards.
  • Speeding: 31% of accidents in the rural area are related to speeding. Drivers are more likely to speed in rural areas since the roads are empty and there is law enforcement patrolling the area.
  • Seat belts: Drivers and passengers in rural areas are less likely to wear seat belts. This may also lead to an increase in the fatalities of people involved in auto accidents on rural roads.
  • Drinking and driving: Drinking and driving is a big issue in rural areas. This is due to the lack of police officers and lack of other transportation vehicles like cabs, buses, trains, etc.

Car Accident Attorneys in New York

If you or a loved has been injured in an accident, Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. can help you protect your rights. We work solely on a contingency fee basis with no fee charged unless and until the client recovers money. Our service locations include White Plains, the Bronx, Spring Valley and NYC.

Call 914-357-8911/718-619-4215 for a free legal consultation with our New York accident lawyers.

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