Compared to the urban roads that many drivers in Washington travel each day, rural roads can seem safer, especially because of the lack of traffic. But this is far from the case, and it is precisely those drivers who are unfamiliar with rural roads who often make them so dangerous.

Drivers are aware that there are fewer police officers out in the countryside, so they may take this as an opportunity to break the law and speed, neglect their seatbelt or even drink and drive. Others, getting a false sense of security from the scarce traffic, may become inattentive, use their phone and travel down both lanes of a two-lane road.

Rural roads are perilous in several ways, the first being their narrow lanes and shoulders. Drivers who do not stay in their lane may collide head-on with another car or, conversely, run off the road and into a wall, ditch or embankment. These roads are also poorly lit, and it’s not unusual for wildlife to cross them.

One other thing is worth mentioning: the great distance that separates rural areas from hospitals and medical centers. If drivers crashed on a rural road, they may die before being properly treated. It’s crucial, then, that motorists be more careful in the countryside and practice defensive driving at all times.

When drivers fail to keep their vehicle under control and cause car accidents, they can be held liable for injuries incurred by occupants of other vehicles. Those who want to file a personal injury claim may want a lawyer to assist them. The lawyer may bring in third parties to gather evidence and then negotiate for a settlement out of court.