Many drivers in Florida assume that rural roads are not as dangerous as the urban ones that they travel each week during their commute. This is a mistaken notion because even though rural roads see less traffic, they come with all kinds of dangers of their own.

The roads themselves tend to be two lanes, and both the lanes and shoulders are narrow. Passing a vehicle becomes risky on these roads. Narrow lanes are connected with not only head-on collisions but also incidents where drivers run off the road and hit stationary objects.

Next, there are the difficulties posed by poor lighting, with few rural roads even having street lights, and by the presence of animals, including those from nearby homes. Reduced visibility at night is a danger in any region, and inattentive drivers may be spooked by the animals and lose control.

Perhaps the greatest threat, though, is other drivers. Precisely because rural roads are not heavy with traffic, drivers may feel that it’s all right to speed, travel down the middle of two-lane roads or even drink and drive. After all, the chances of being pulled over can be slim.

Safety-conscious drivers are encouraged to stay alert in the countryside and not neglect traffic laws, including the seatbelt law. Defensive driving is a must.

When motor vehicle accidents arise in spite of a driver’s responsible conduct, that driver may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Florida is a no-fault state, but those who have incurred a serious injury and cannot have all their losses covered by personal injury protection may file against the other side’s insurance company. It can be hard to negotiate for a settlement, though, so victims may want a lawyer to represent them and protect their rights.