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The outcome of a crash may depend on where it happens

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many different factors that affect how people fare in a crash. How fast were the vehicles traveling? What type of accident was it? What types of vehicles were involved?

But one thing that people sometimes overlook is simply where the accident occurs. As you will see, the location of the road can have a big impact on whether or not the injuries from that accident are going to be fatal.

Accident fatality rates

This issue has been made clear by the discrepancy between fatal accidents in rural areas and urban areas. They certainly happen in both areas, but they happen at a disproportionate rate on rural roads. These remote roads are typically more dangerous than roads in the city.

One of the reasons for the increased danger on a rural road is simply that medical care is so far away. Some injuries can become fatal if they are not treated quickly.

For example, a person who has significant bleeding after an accident may risk dying due to blood loss if they don’t get treatment in 20 minutes. If that person was in the city at the time of the crash, the hospital may only be a few minutes away. However, if that crash was in a rural location that was at least 30 minutes from the hospital, there would be nothing medical crews could do to get there in time. The injuries could be exactly the same in both accidents, so you can see why the location matters.

Have you suffered serious injuries in a car crash or lost a loved one? Be sure you know what legal options you have to seek compensation.