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What causes accidents on rural roads?

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2021 | Car Accidents

If you often drive on rural roads in New Jersey, you need to know the issues that you are likely to encounter. While the causes of motor vehicle accidents on these roads are diverse, many of them are easy to mitigate.

Poor lighting

Rural roads are not as well-lit as urban roads. They often have dim or non-existent lighting, which can make it difficult to see other cars and pedestrians in the area. To avoid an accident on such roads, you need to slow down and use your high beams where possible.

Faulty or outdated signage

One of the many benefits you have when you travel on an urban road is adequate signage. These signs often warn you about upcoming hazards and will even tell you if there are any construction zones up ahead. Without updated signs, it’s possible to get surprised by something, like a sudden turn or an upcoming bridge that you didn’t see coming. Unfortunately, many rural roads do not have directional signs at intersections or crossroads; you won’t know what road you’re on without taking a detailed look around you. To avoid an accident on such roads, you need to take extra care and pay close attention to your surroundings.

Poorly constructed roads

Another reason why you may experience a rural road accident is faulty roads. Among other issues, these roads tend to be more riddled with potholes and cracks than urban roads. To avoid an accident, you need to make sure you’re not going too fast. Pay attention to any signs warning of a hazard up ahead, such as upcoming construction zones or rough patches on the road.

When you find yourself driving on rural roads, you need to be aware of the potential dangers. There are many different factors that can lead to an accident, but you can better avoid them by taking the measures above.