Rural roads may seem safer because of the fewer cars on them, but drivers in Florida should be aware that they are not usually so in reality. On the contrary, those who are only familiar with urban roads may put themselves and others in danger when traveling in the countryside.
For example, drivers may not get used to the narrow two-lane roads that these regions tend to have. It can be hard to stay in the lane without risking a head-on collision or a off-road crash. Drivers may become impatient and try to pass a vehicle on one of these roads, which will be dangerous. Still others, seeing no one around, may drive down both lanes and let themselves become inattentive.
In addition, rural roads have poor lighting with most not even having street lights. Drivers should know about the increased presence of animals and wildlife, too. If these were to unexpectedly cross the road, drivers may panic. Perhaps the worst threat, though, comes from other drivers, especially those who speed, drink and drive or engage in other risky behavior because no police are around.
Whatever their level of experience with traveling on rural roads, drivers should always practice defensive driving. By never relying on other drivers to stay safe, one can reasonably avoid most accidents.
Most car accidents, regardless of who was at fault, can be settled through drivers’ own insurance companies. Florida being a no-fault state, there are restrictions on who can file a third-party insurance claim, but it’s not impossible. Victims who want to learn about their rights may consult with an attorney. They may have the attorney build their case up for them. The attorney may strive for a fair settlement that covers all economic and non-economic damages.