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Distance to the hospital plays a major role in car accidents

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Any car accident can lead to serious injuries. But that doesn’t mean that every car accident has the same chance of leading to a fatality. Often, there are many factors in play outside of the specific injuries that were suffered or how the crash took place.

For example, it has been found that there is a higher rate of fatal accidents on rural roads. One of the reasons for this is that these rural accidents are much further away from the hospital. This delays the response by emergency crews, increasing the odds that someone passes away from their injuries.

For example, say that someone has bleeding around the brain. This puts an incredible amount of pressure on brain tissue and can be a fatal injury if not treated promptly. If that person was in the city and could get into surgery in minutes, they may be saved. But if it took a long time for the emergency crews to even arrive at the crash site, let alone transport the person to a hospital and get them into surgery, they may pass away before they get the care that they need.

Can you seek compensation?

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you may have options to seek financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and the medical bills that you face. But if you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, then you may also have options to seek compensation for lost future earnings, especially when that person was the main breadwinner for the family.

As you can see, a tragic accident can have serious financial ramifications. Family members need to know exactly what legal options they have during this difficult time.