Carbon County is a mostly rural section of Pennsylvania and home to three major state parks and two large state game lands. The 65,000 residents of the county are no strangers to rural highways and country roads that are often sparsely dotted with small towns and neighborhoods.
This type of driving is some of the most dangerous according to a study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The report shows that “although 19 percent of people in the U.S. live in rural areas and 30 percent of the vehicle miles traveled occur in rural areas, almost half of crash deaths occur there.”
Fire crews had to free several people from their vehicles after a head-on collision in Carbon County Monday evening, May 1, 2020. Fortunately, no one died in the crash that happened on Liggle Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township.
The Pennsylvania State Police responded to the crash and have not yet reported on how the accident happened. All five of the injured were taken to a local hospital with the extent of their injuries unknown. The crash is still under investigation.
One of the reasons for the high fatality rate for rural drivers is the prevalence of head-on collisions. Victims of a head-on crash have a significantly higher risk of death or serious injury than most other crash types.
The reason is obvious as in a head-on collision, the speed and mass of both vehicles directly contribute to the severity of the impact. The risk of a head-on collision is greater on rural two-lane highways than on urban roads and freeways. One of the reasons for this is that rural country roads are narrow with only a few feet and a painted line separating both cars as they fly by each other at high speeds.
Also, passing accidents happen often on rural highways, and when they do, the majority of them are head-on collisions.
When someone is injured in a rural highway accident, there is a significant chance that the injuries will be severe. This coupled with a delay in getting aid and treatment means that the risk to rural drivers is great. At the Pearce Law Firm, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, P.C., we are experienced in helping rural accident victims get the compensation they deserve.
We feel strongly that each driver and passenger on Pennsylvania’s country and city roads have the right to travel in safety from other drivers’ mistakes. We also know that accidents are inevitable, so we fight hard to get the victim the compensation they deserve when one does.
Some of the injuries that we have seen on rural highway crashes have shown us how dangerous it can be driving in rural areas. The impact to the victims can be significant, and the financial strain can be great.
Some of the common injuries that we’ve helped victims recover financially from are:
If you’ve been injured in a rural accident, whether it’s a head-on or any other type of crash, our attorneys at the Pearce Law Firm, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, P.C., stand ready to talk to you about your specific circumstances and your needs. We know that not all injuries and accidents are the same, and we take great care to listen to the needs and concerns of each victim.
After any accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.