The Difference Between Rural & Urban Car Accidents in Florida

Curve on a country roadWe all know the difference of driving on an open road in rural Florida versus the congested streets and highways in the urban and suburbs of Florida. But what you might not know and what might actually surprise you is that just as many fatal car accidents occur in rural areas despite the population being significantly smaller. Most people assume that less traffic equates to fewer accidents, however according the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the 37,461 fatalities in 2016, 16,736 occurred in rural areas and 16,558 occurred in urban areas in the U.S. In Florida, it was determined that 44 percent of fatal crashes occurred on rural roads.

Most Common Causes of Rural Car Crashes in Florida

  • Speeding
  • Not staying in a single lane
  • Unsafe passing
  • Blind or sharp curves
  • Narrow roads
  • No guard rails or shoulders
  • Damaged or rough roads
  • Slow-moving construction vehicles or farm equipment
  • Driving under the influence
  • Insufficient lighting

Most Common Causes of Urban Car Crashes in Florida

The Dangers of Head-On Collisions in Florida

One of the most dangerous types of car accidents in Florida is a head-on collision. This type of collision, often a fatal crash, occurs when a driver crosses over the median entering oncoming traffic. Though these accidents can happen on both rural and urban roads it was found that 75 percent of these collisions occur in rural areas, most of them on undivided, two lane roads. Typically, the causes of these head-on accidents are:

  • Speeding; taking a curve too fast
  • Distracted driving
  • Unsafe passing
  • Impaired driving
  • Falling asleep

Have You or Someone You Love Been Injured in a Serious Car Accident in Florida?

If you are injured in a Florida car crash on a rural road or in an urban area through no fault of your own, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Jim Dodson has been successfully setting car accident and wrongful death cases for over 25 years. Contact us by filling out our online form or give us a call at 727-446-0840 to set up a free, no obligation consultation.

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