Drivers in Alabama are understandably worried about being in motor vehicle accidents when on the road. There is a general perception that these collisions happen on well-traveled roads and in cities. This is not always the case. Urban driving has its risks, but so too does rural driving.

Given the prevalence of rural areas in the state, it is important to grasp their unique risks. There are road signs informing drivers about the possibility of wildlife crossing, but few things can prepare a driver for it. This can either result in a collision with the animal, swerving to hit another vehicle or going off the road completely. The supposed freedom from the constraints of city traffic may result in drivers behaving recklessly, speeding or committing other dangerous acts they otherwise would not.

Rural roads tend to be narrower. With two lanes, passing places people in jeopardy of head-on collisions. These are known to cause catastrophic injury and death. Wearing a seatbelt is a general rule for safety, but drivers might decide that it is not necessary on rural roads. This is especially frequent for commercial drivers. Drinking and driving is known to be a catalyst for accidents and on rural roads, drivers may think they can get away with it safely and without legal consequences.

Finally, if there is a crash, the isolation of a rural road can present challenges for emergency crews to reach the scene quickly and deprive an injured person of timely treatment. When on a rural road, it is wise to consider the general risks that come with driving and the specific dangers in these isolated locations. If there are injuries or fatalities in motor vehicle accidents, legal assistance may be needed to cover for medical costs, lost income and long-term issues.

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