Are head-on crashes more common on rural roads?

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 We have covered many facets of motor vehicle collisions on our blogs, but there are many more ways to take a closer look at the nature of traffic collisions. Sometimes, an accident can be especially dangerous and have a particularly high fatality rate, such as head-on collisions. In order to reduce the likelihood of a head-on crash, it may be helpful to go over statistics on these accidents and understand where they are most likely to occur.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head-on collisions take place more frequently in rural locations, as opposed to urban areas. Moreover, the majority of deadly accidents occur on roads that are straight, both in rural locations and on urban roads as well. As a result, it is important to keep in mind that even though roads may seem less hectic in rural parts of the country, the risk of a fatal accident is still present.

Unfortunately, head-on collisions can occur anywhere and when they do, those involved may face a variety of serious consequences. Not only are physical injuries common, but many people who are involved in head-on crashes suffer mental trauma following the collision or even lose their lives, leaving relatives with strong emotional pain.

Because of the serious consequences associated with motor vehicle collisions, which range from physical pain and financial hardships to emotional hurdles, victims and their loved ones must work to hold reckless drivers accountable. Unfortunately, these accidents will keep claiming lives and leaving victims with numerous problems.

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