Both urban roads and rural roads can be dangerous to Colorado drivers for different reasons. City streets, for instance, pose a challenge with their heavy traffic while rural streets come with other inherently dangerous conditions, such as the increased presence of wildlife and the reduced visibility that nighttime drivers experience due to the lack of street lights.
A major challenge that drivers in the countryside must face is the narrowness of the lanes and shoulders. Most rural routes are two-lane roads where many head-on collisions and run-off road crashes arise. These streets become especially dangerous when drivers try to pass a vehicle or become too inattentive to keep their vehicle in their lane.
Above all, it’s other drivers who can make rural roads perilous. Some, being inexperienced, may have a false sense of security when traveling in the countryside while others, looking around and seeing no cops, may take advantage of that moment to act recklessly. Speeding, DUI and seat belt neglect are common offenses in rural areas.
One must beware of these drivers and always be on the defensive. It should be kept in mind that many car accidents in rural areas end in fatalities and that speed is not the sole factor. Sometimes, victims die because they are so far from the nearest hospital or medical center.
When auto accidents result in injuries, victims may be able to seek compensation for their losses, including both monetary losses like medical bills and lost wages and non-monetary losses like pain and suffering. When filing a claim against the responsible driver’s auto insurance company, it may be wise for victims to hire a lawyer since insurers can aggressively deny payment or try to settle with a low-ball settlement. The lawyer may litigate if a settlement is not achieved.