Truck Accidents on Rural Roads

Many rural communities rely on large trucks to deliver goods to stock the shelves of their stores and shops.  This means that many large commercial trucks regularly travel for miles on rural highways, instead of on the interstates.  Rural roads pose many more risks and dangers of accidents than interstate highways and accidents are very common.  In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that around 60% of all accidents involving a large truck and a car occur in rural areas.  If you have been in an accident with a large commercial truck, you should contact a dedicated Truck Accident Attorney in Clayton County as soon as possible for a free consultation.

Rural roads are especially dangerous for large trucks for a multitude of reasons.  These reasons include:

  • Rural roads are often very curvy with only two lanes, which makes driving a truck difficult.  Trucks may deviate into the other lane on a curve and oncoming cars may not see it until it is too late.
  • Rural roads often have no shoulder and steep slopes on either side, making it possible for a truck to fall off the side of the road.
  • Rural roads may have unusually high speed limits for a two-lane road.  Furthermore, law enforcement presence may be scarce, making it tempting for truck drivers to speed even faster to increase delivery time.
  • Animals and other obstacles are often in the middle of rural roads.
  • Road conditions may be worse on rural roads and potholes or uneven roads may cause truck drivers to lose control of the truck.  Adverse weather may also have a greater effect on rural roads than urban roads.

There are many factors that make rural roads more dangerous for trucks than interstate highways.  However, truck deliveries are necessary for rural communities, so truck traffic will continue on these rural roads.  If you have suffered injury in an accident, you should call Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 as soon as possible.  An experienced truck accident lawyer is waiting to help you.

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