Two cars collided in a double tragedy Thursday, November 7, 2019, around 8:30 p.m. According to the Kentucky State Police the accident happened near Cadiz at the intersection of US 68 Bypass Rd and South Road when a 2003 VW Beetle traveling northbound on South Road drove into the path of a 2008 Arcadia.
The Arcadia broadsided the VW Beetle injuring both drivers and a passenger in the VW Beetle who were all transported to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the driver and the passenger of the VW succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.
Rural Roads Most Dangerous
Accidents, like the one above, are common on rural highways which account for over 57 percent of all fatalities while only 21 percent the U.S. population live in rural areas according a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are many reasons why rural road are more dangerous, and experts point to a few factors that increase the danger in rural areas:
- Passing Accidents: Many rural highways are undivided two-lane roads with a speed limit above 50 mph. When a driver gets impatient behind a slower vehicle, then the driver will often attempt to pass without leaving enough room.
- Head-On Collision: Head-on collision are the single most dangerous type of crash accounting for 10 percent of all accident fatalities while making up only 2 percent of all accidents. Rural roads are ripe for head-on collisions due to passing accidents and when cars drift over the center line.
- Rural Highway Intersections: Twenty percent of all accident fatalities happen at intersections, according to a study by the Federal Highway Administration, and 80 percent of those happen in rural intersections. Many of these are not signalized, and when they are, the signals are often flashing yellow signals.
Injuries from Rural Highway Crashes
Passing accidents, head-on collisions and intersection crashes make rural driving dangerous. Not only that, help arrives much slower in rural areas often playing a factor in the risk of injury. This translates into more deaths, more head injuries and more drivers in critical or serious condition than their counterparts on the freeways.
Contact an Accident Injury Attorney
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field. Talk to someone you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law.
The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.