Denver residents who are considering a move to a more “relaxed” rural setting may have serious reasons to take pause. According to the most recent data presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010, there were 30,196 fatal crashes resulting in 32,885 fatalities. Rural areas accounted for 54 percent (16,292) of the fatal crashes and 55 percent (18,026) of all road fatalities.
Recognizing this trend after determining that truck drivers had the lowest seatbelt use in the state, this past April, Colorado authorities launched a one-week Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement campaign to educate rural Colorado pickup truck drivers regarding the dangers of driving without a seatbelt.
Risk factors in rural areas
Rural residents face a greater risk of significant harm from car crashes than individuals in comparable urban or suburban environments. Major risk factors in rural accidents include:
- Lack of proximity to quality major medical centers
- Longer response time by first responders
- Healthcare facilities that do not have access to the most recent equipment
- Chronic understaffing and fewer medical specialists
- Higher likelihood that automobile crashes will be at higher speeds than in urban crashes
- Less seatbelt use
- Higher percentage of outdated road design
- More roadside hazards, such as utility poles and trees
Problems are more likely to be acute following a serious trauma in which the injured party needs to be evacuated to a larger urban medical center. The need for evacuation can cause significant treatment delays. With certain injuries, such as brain traumas, seemingly minor delays can spell the difference between life and death or between severe long-term consequences and speedy recovery.
Regardless of where or how you are injured, to recover the damages you deserve, it is important for you or your family to contact an experienced personal injury firm. The compassionate, highly skilled team of attorneys at Bell & Pollock can evaluate your claims and set in place a plan of action to seek the maximum compensation possible. Call our offices for a free consultation.