Drivers throughout Michigan travel on urban roads day in and day out, and they may get the impression that rural roads are comparatively safer because they have less traffic. This is not so in reality, though. Rural areas are poorly lit, for example, so nighttime driving can be risky. They can also be rife with animals, which can dart out in front of drivers and cause them to lose control.
Above all, rural roads are characterized by narrow lanes and shoulders that require drivers to stay firmly in their lane. if they do not, they could get in a head-on collision on the one hand or run off the road on the other hand. Unfortunately, many drivers will become reckless on rural roads, passing vehicles on these narrow roads and straddling both lanes when no one seems to be around.
It’s all connected to a wider problem: namely, the false sense of security that drivers have when traveling in the countryside. Many, seeing that there are no police officers around, will speed, drink and drive and do other reckless things. Others may put themselves at risk by not wearing their seatbelt. It should be remembered that rural areas are far from hospitals and that crash victims may not be treated in time if they incur serious injuries.
As always, drivers are encouraged to stay alert and keep control of their cars at all times. Failure to do this is negligence, and whenever negligence is behind car accidents, it can form the basis for personal injury claims. Michigan being a no-fault state, though, the concept of negligence only comes into play when a victim’s injuries are so severe that the losses cannot be covered by first-party benefits. To learn about their options, victims may speak with an attorney.