Texas residents who believe that rural roads are safer than urban roads may be surprised to hear that the opposite is frequently the case. Over half of all fatal accidents take place in rural areas. Though there is less traffic in the countryside, there are certain dangers inherent to such areas that drivers need to be aware of.

For example, many rural accidents are head-on collisions because drivers cannot safely navigate the narrow two-lane roads. Run-off road crashes are also common on rural roads. A second factor to consider is the increased presence of animals from nearby homes and wildlife in general. These critters can cross the road unexpectedly and frighten drivers.

Reduced visibility at night is another problem with rural areas, which are normally scarcely lit. Then, those who do get in a crash in a rural region will have to wait longer for medical attention. This delay could mean the difference between life and death.

Drivers who don’t know about these dangers may take advantage of the lack of traffic, not to mention the lack of police, and drive recklessly. Therefore, those who wish to remain safe must be vigilant because others will be likely to speed or drift out of their lanes. Drivers who aren’t wearing their seatbelts are also more common on rural roads.

Fortunately for those who are involved in motor vehicle accidents through no fault of their own, they can recover damages through a third-party insurance claim. In Texas, victims can do so as long as their degree of fault is less than the defendant’s. To see how strong of a case they have, a victim may want to consult with a lawyer. The attorney could have third parties like crash investigators gather evidence of negligence.